Sound Off Delaware: Primary care doctors

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The number of primary care physicians in Delaware declined about 6 percent from 2013 to 2018, according to a new study from the University of Delaware.

The study, commissioned and released by the Department of Health and Social Services, found there were 815 individual primary care physicians practicing in Delaware in 2018. That’s a decrease of 47 from five years prior.

• When I talk with our primary care provider about the medical field, he describes his job as primarily filling out forms for the government and when he has time, actually practice medicine. The nanny state has won, physicians have become completely disenfranchised from being allowed to practice medicine. — Bob Skuse

• As a former health professions recruiter for the U.S. Air Force. I can tell them this, Join the U.S. Air Fore, Navy or whatever. Yes, the money is less, but you get to practice medicine and not paperwork. No insurance companies to worry about, no malpractice insurance etc. You spend the time you need and want with a patient. No insurance company approvals for procedures. average 40- to 45-hour work weeks. Plus all the other benefits and traveling the world. You can also be a “Flight Doctor” and wear a flight suit. — Bob Hice

• Primary care doctors are no longer allowed to practice medicine. They have to justify every test to a nurse in the insurance company. They have thousands of forms to fill out. They can’t give prescriptions for pain because of the false opioid crisis. No one is taking alcohol away from alcoholics but you take pain medication away from incurable chronically ill patients by inventing a crisis. More people die from alcohol and alcohol related attacks, car accidents and ingestion. — Steel Ovaries

• I blame management. — Mike Sawyer

• Why go to a GP when there is a doc in the box on almost every corner? A physician’s assistant can do most of what a GP can. For more serious issues, then go to a specialist. Not much need for GPs these days. — Kellie Russo

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