Is the Garden State the new canary in the mineshaft?
According to the Council of Teaching Hospitals, New Jersey loses nearly 70% of the doctors it educates to other states.
It has also been determined that by 2020 the state will be about 3,000 primary care physicians short of what is needed to give optimal health care.
Wow! Imagine that, people would actually vote with their feet (i.e., choose to live in states where they will be able to keep a higher percentage of the fruits of their labor).
The primary reasons sighted for the "med flight" that New Jersey is experiencing include:
o Better salary offered outside of New Jersey
o Cost of living in New Jersey
o Better job/practice opportunities in desired locations outside of New Jersey
o Taxes in New Jersey
o Affordable Housing
o High cost of malpractice insurance
I for one believe that it is time for the federal government to step in and do something about the "blue state" hemorrhaging of medical practitioners.
The federal government should make it illegal for any doctor to keep his or her medical practice license if he or she moves from the state where they received their residency.
Further the federal government should mandate that all state taxes, doctor's salaries, job/practice opportunities, and the cost of malpractice insurance be the same in all fifty states, because the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land and the doctor portion of affordable care should be the same regardless of state boundaries.
And finally it may be time for the federal government to go ahead, bite the bullet, and make all medical practitioners federal employees. Then and only then, will the federal government be able to assure that the doctor portion of the Affordable Care Act will work, and the American people will be able to receive the same type of medical care that is provided by all other modern industrialized nations like the United Kingdom, Cuba, Russia, and Europe.