Of the many areas in the American health care system that The Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, is exacerbating, the medical doctor shortage is one of the most obvious. In much of the United States, there is a shortage of medical doctors. ObamaCare is making that worse by extending health insurance to millions of more Americans. That will obviously result in more going to see the doctor.
That will be much worse for those seeking care from psychiatrists.
Due to the nature of the industry, there already is a shortage of mental health care professionals in the United States. The great majority of the country does not have access to psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health care professionals. Members of those disciplines tend to cluster in major urban area such as New York City and Washington, DC. That results from the patient base there being able to support such practices.
That is why only about half of the psychiatrists in the United States accept health insurance.
The others take cash. ObamaCare is likely to make that situation even more acute. There is obviously a reason, or many, as to why so many psychiatrists do not take health insurance. It could be the payout is too low. Or insurance firms might make it tough to collect payment. Whatever those are, as it has done in some many other areas, ObamaCare will only make it much worse.
As a result, it is likely that fewer psychiatrists will accept health insurance.
That will result in the shortage becoming worse. ObamaCare was supposed to increase access to medical treatment for all Americans. But, as previous articles on this site have detailed, that is clearly not happening. For those needing medical health treatment, it is likely to become even more difficult under The Affordable Care Act is more psychiatrists and others in the field pull back their practices.