Yes, let's just overload the overloaded doctors. How about an emphasis on drug addiction prevention instead of treatment? How about the government not shove stuff down the throats of our best and brightest (the result of which would be driving them out of that sacred and critical profession)? Addiction is a terrible thing, something I grew up watching as it destroyed my family, but it's not a problem the government is equipped to solve, as with most issues we face today.
The current policy on this situation is government over-regulation, plain and simple. Let the doctors decide how many cases they can comfortably handle. We are currently facing an opioid addiction epidemic - government red-tape is an inexcusable hindrance.
It seems absurd that any doctor be limited to how many patients they voluntarily treat for any reason. Even this higher cap needs to disappear. It artificially creates care shortages and could contribute to elevated costs of care.
If there are more opiate addictions occurring each year, then it seems reasonable that their will be a need for more treatment specialists. I also recognize that many of these addictions are promulgated by over prescribing physicians and patients who over medicate. However, I would like to see regulations regarding treatment and licensing of treatment facilities.
The opioid addiction problem is a systematic regulatory problem. I work in the pharma industry and the problem is not necessarily the physicians but the drugs prescribed. Most physicians don't know the alternatives available for treating pain to negate addiction. This is on large part due to a failure in education for the physicians about compounded medication, and regulatory failures that clear opioids for medical use when there are plenty of non addictive alternatives available.
Pharmaceutical companies have largely created and contributed to this problem and should be obligated to treat affected individuals. The use of drugs to treat drug addiction does not lead to a viable long term solution. Effective treatment can be provided by trained practitioners who are not physicians. This will increase success and reduce overwhelming costs.
Why are there limits on how many people a doctor can treat? This bill does nothing useful. Rewrite it and eliminate the limits. Better yet, just get the federal government out of medicine altogether. Nothing intelligent ever comes out of Washington D.C.
I believe the support for this bill is coming from the right organizations and associations. This sounds like a solid step in the right direction. Treatment, not punishments like prison that are ineffective and worsening the epidemic.
Absolutely, the problem is that people will steal the prescription drugs trying to get off of the illegal ones, it seems that we are making a black market yet again trying to regulate a cure, open it wider and help a larger amount and maybe some people have the wrong intention but that doesn't mean we should punish some people that just want to get better. It's a physical dependency from one bad choice, not a perpetual bad choice. You can't just decide not to be addicted, you seek treatment. And if 31 people want to go to the same doctor for treatment, they should get the help they need.
No where in this bills does it force doctors to become overworked. They merely have the option of treating up to 100 patients. This is a necessary, common sense step towards getting better care for addicted people.
Treatment is indeed the answer when it comes to addiction. Prisons don't help. So we need a robust system that can treat anyone and everyone who wishes to get away from drugs that are most likely imparting their daily lives.