Even with the gradual implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act healthcare costs will continue to stress family budgets. To keep the lid on costs, a growing number of people are joining, or have been dumped into, high-deductible health insurance plans that are designed to reduce utilization by making a trip to the doctor's office or an elective procedure too expensive.
That certainly is one way to ration care.
And speaking of money, it is also important to remember that most patients have annual incomes that are only a fraction of what their doctors earn. No one should begrudge physicians for being among the highest paid class of workers in the United States. Their profession is difficult and demanding and often requires long hours. Physicians have spent more than a decade in school and residency and often accrue huge debts to earn their MD.
That said, a physician complaining about compensation when he earns $200,000 or considerably more each year should take a look around at how others in his community are faring in this sputtering economy.