Originally Posted by JonScholl
"Obamacare" has slowly become less of a possibility and more of a reality recently. With that being said, healthcare reform is looming over all aspects of medicine, including podiatry. I am very interested in hearing from some practicing podiatrists about the financial impact that they have endured so far with the new mandates that have already been put into effect over the past several years. Additionally, what does the future hold for us as a profession with the way the current reform bill is structured? I have listened to the perspectives of several practicing podiatrists and from what I have been told, the consensus is negative. It sounds like the option of a small group of physicians (in our case podiatrists) owning and running a surgical center seems to be something that will not exist in the future. Additionally, the option of practice ownership in general may be in jeopardy as well.
Obviously as a student I am looking very far down the road, however I would appreciate hearing the perspective from several physicians (whether negative or positive) regarding this issue.
Change is constant. As long as you are at the forefront of the changes and can adapt accordingly, it will be business as usual.
I think the small solo practice will be a thing of the past (if not already). Power in numbers. The difficulty is getting along which has crutched our profession (and other medical professions) more than it should. The future is up to you to make.