Poll: Physicians Bearish on Healthcare Reform

Cheryl Clark, January 20, 2011

A national survey of 2,958 physicians indicates "frustration and dismay in a time of change," according to a report by Thomson Reuters and HCPlexus.

For example, 65% of the doctors said they believe healthcare will deteriorate in the next five years, while 18% said it will improve and 17% said it will stay the same.

The reasons given ranged from their political views of healthcare reform, to "anger directed at insurance companies and a lack of accurate planning in the reform act," according to the report.

When asked what kind of healthcare professional will treat the 32 million currently uninsured Americans who will have access to healthcare under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, respondents said that nurse practitioners will see as many patients as primary care physicians. The survey revealed that many patients will be seen by physician assistants.

Physicians who responded to the survey also said they believe that under PPACA, they will be treated less fairly when they submit claims for reimbursement. The survey was conducted in September, 2010.

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