By Rick Schutt
1:28 PM EST, February 11, 2013
WSBT is taking a close look at the new Health Care law, many call Obama Care.
The Affordable Health Act is moving forward.Washington has been trying to cut physician reimbursement from Medicare by 27%, but that has been kicked down the road for one more year, leaving doctors in an unstable position.
Facing tremendous pressure and making their jobs more difficult, The Affordable Care Act looks to create 10,000 new residency slots to make more doctors in the U.S.
It also will provide loan relief to doctors coming out of medical school, but the dollars aren't there yet for that program.
Al Gutierrez is the president and CEO of Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center and says physicians are facing the most unstable economic position in the last 50 years.
“They are committed to their individual performance meeting their expectations clinically of their patients,” said Gutierrez. “I've never seen a more dedicated group of individuals than we are kind of blessed with in Michiana. But they are de-stabilized on their individual economic security issues right now, and they haven't been acting that way in the office. They’re still ordering the right prescriptions. They’re still doing the right things for patients irrespective of their own financial condition, and I'm very proud of all of them."
Policy change is in place to help young doctors coming out of medical school with loan relief, but that has not been funded in the president’s budget, so it's a tough time for doctors, who wonder if they'll be able to take Medicare patients in the future.
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