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Healthcare Reform Prompts Closure

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A Henrietta doctor's office will be closing its doors on later this fall, due in part to President Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA).

On Monday, July 8th, patients of Dr. J. Robert Parkey, MD received a letter saying the practice would be closing on October 31st.

In the letter, Dr. Parkey said the Affordable Care Act has "fundamentally altered medicine in ways that are only now being recognized." He added the changes have left him with several ethical dilemmas.

Parkey said his Hippocratic Oath requires he follow his best judgment in the practice of medicine and not directives made by the insurance companies or the government. He also expressed concerns about the availability of private information under the ACA.  

A hospital administrator at Clay County Memorial Hospital said they're aware of Dr. Parkey's plans, but added they're hoping a new practice set to open in August will help pick up some of the slack.

Parkey has a second certification in Hospice & Palliative Medicine. He plans to continue providing services in that field, once his practice closes.

Jack Lamson, Newschannel 6