In addition to higher insurance rates, the retiring head of all of the Health Science Centers in the University of Texas system warns that the coming of Obamacare will mean that it will take a lot longer for Texans to get an appointment to see a doctor, 1200 WOAI News reports.
The reason, Dr. Kenneth Shine says, is obvious. He says some 30 million people who in the past have not received regular doctors office care and have relied on the emergency room for routine care will now have health insurance, which means they will start competing with you for precious minutes with your doctor.
"We know that in Massachusetts, when they provided additional coverage, the waiting time to get in to see a primary care doctor went from 33 to 52 days," Shine told 1200 WOAI's Michael Board in an exclusive interview.
Shine says despite the huge number of patients who will suddenly start turning up at the doctors' office, Texas and other states have been able to do little to increase the number of medical doctors who will be available to treat them.
Many experts say patients who are used to seeing a medical doctor for their checkups, physicals, and preventative care visits will now be seen by physicians assistants and nurse practitioners.
And Shine warns that the problem will be more serious in Texas, because Texas has more uninsured people who will be receiving health coverage through those 'exchanges' and will begin to obtain doctors office care, than any other state in the USA.
"There will be problems with regard to access because you have a limited number of physicians for an expanded number of people who will be seeking coverage," he said.