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Obamacare May Bring Heavier Workloads—and More Mistakes


When the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, 32 million formerly-uninsured patients are expected to enter the health system. The influx has many experts worried about a physician shortage as doctors are not being added to the system at the same rate.

While this could translate into doctors accepting fewer patients in offices, it could also mean crowded hospitals and overworked staff. A new survey from JAMA Internal Medicine sheds light on the troubling consequences when hospital physicians have too many patients to treat.

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According to the survey of over 500 hospital physicians, respondents estimated they can safely see 15 patients per shift, but 40 percent of physicians reported that their typical number of patients exceeded that level.

The excessive workload had many negative effects, including preventing the physicians from fully discussing treatment options, delaying patient admissions or discharges, unnecessary tests or procedures, poor patient satisfaction – and 12 percent said that being overworked likely contributed to complications or death.

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