Congressman Hosts Health Care Roundtable

Congressman Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, sat down with doctors in Salem on Thursday to talk about how the Affordable Health Care Act is affecting the practice of medicine.

The roundtable was made up mostly of radiologists, but some surgeons also took part. Some doctors expressed concern that there so many regulations with which they have to comply.

Johnson said one doctor mentioned 732 quality  factors that doctors are forced to comply with.

“When he’s got a patient on the table in his operating room that might be under stress and in danger of dying, he doesn’t want to have to be concerned about 732 quality factors, many of which have absolutely nothing to do with the quality of health care,” Johnson said. “The burden is mounting for physicians and it’s becoming a real problem in patient care.”

Doctors say the regulations are leading to a decrease in patient contact time.

“I believe that the more time I spend with a patient, the more I’m going to understand the patient. The more I understand the patient, the more more I can provide a higher level of care,” said Dr. Albert Cook of St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

Johnson said there needs to be some common sense in the regulatory process.

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