Brain drain…

Brain Drain

The Obama administration continues to quietly tweak the Affordable Care Act –anymore tweaks and it will be almost unrecognizable.  The latest changes are clearly huge patches in the attempt to plug holes and draw more young subscribers, into the now infamous “Abominocare.”

The far reaching, and I hope unintended, consequences of this massive heap of mangled legislation, will impact providers, hospitals and patients for decades to come.  Providers of age 55-60 or so are already retiring in droves, or are considering to soon.  This will create a devastating ‘brain drain,’ particularly from that portion of medicine that is known as the ‘art,’ something that ‘Abominocare’ does not even recognize.

The ‘Art of Medicine’ is not taught in medical schools because it requires something called “crystalline intelligence;” a young buck can’t learn it as it forms with age, experience and maturity.  Physicians in particular are reluctantly becoming more satisfied that their retirement nest egg will suffice and are leaving practice, and taking with them their delicate and invaluable understanding that the ‘Art of Medicine’ is vastly more important than the Science of Medicine.  As anyone on Fifth Avenue can tell you, it’s “how you make them feel,” not the specific medicine or surgery prescribed (God help us with our fixation on ‘curative’ surgery).  ‘Abominocare’ emphasizes evidence-based medicine (EBM).  Were it only that simple.  Any 65 year old GP still in practice can tell you all about EBM and how misguided it is.

About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see:

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