Doctors are concerned about the current health care system in Massachusetts, where lawmakers are moving to slash the number of doctors and slash benefits, and how that could impact quality of care.
A recent survey of medical school faculty and graduate students found that the state is lagging behind its peers, and that doctors are concerned that the current system is “not keeping pace with the changing needs of the population.”
“Our doctors know that the future of the American health care care system is not going to be the same as the one we had,” said Daniel V. Wertheim, president of the Massachusetts Medical Society.
“But it’s not just a question of quality of the care we’re providing.
It’s also the quality of our staff.”
The survey found that one-third of doctors said that the quality and quantity of their patients’ care has improved in the past five years, and 40 percent said that they are optimistic about the quality, quantity, and quality of their own patients’ medical care.
“We’re seeing a resurgence of physician morale,” said Wertheimer.
“Physicians are looking at this and saying, ‘We have to do better than we are.’
We’ve got to do it.”
Doctors are also concerned about how the state will respond to the growing number of opioid overdose deaths.
The new state law, which passed on May 20, requires that doctors be trained on the new drugs and is set to take effect in January 2019.
Doctors say that the new law, combined with the new prescription opioid code, is setting up a dangerous situation for doctors.
“This law does not just make the problem worse,” said Dr. Robert D. Anderson, a professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a former commissioner of the State Department of Health.
“It makes it much worse.
It makes it dangerous for patients to get their medication.”
A study of New England doctors published last month found that while the number and severity of opioid overdoses have decreased, the number, severity, and length of hospitalizations have increased.
And while the overall number of emergency room visits has increased, doctors say that there is a significant spike in opioid overdose visits.
“Our number of overdoses per 100,000 people has gone up in the last few years, but our overall overdose rate has gone down,” said Anderson.
“What this means is that the vast majority of people that we see for an opioid overdose have not actually gotten hooked on opiates.”
In addition, according to the survey, doctors are also seeing an increase in people who have lost jobs because of the state’s opioid crisis.
In the state, about 25 percent of all medical school graduates have been laid off due to the opioid crisis, and another 23 percent have been let go because of their role in the health care industry.
The medical society has called on lawmakers to address the crisis and ensure that the system is safe for doctors and patients.
“As a profession, we are working hard to ensure that we do not leave the state with a bad situation,” said V.K. Ramakrishnan, the president of Boston’s medical society.
“And we have been trying to address those issues for a number of years.
This is a real concern, but it is not a new one.”