"Physician opinions are important since
they are a primary driver of healthcare decisions and costs."
Richard L. Jackson, Chairman &
ATLANTA (June 11, 2012) - A new survey by Jackson Healthcare
finds that a "D" is the mean grade physicians give the health law,
despite its primary intention to reduce the cost of healthcare and
provide coverage for the uninsured. Physicians who said they were
very knowledgeable about the law were even more negative.
In addition, 68 percent of American physicians disagree that the
Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have a positive impact on
Only 12 percent of physicians said the law provides needed
healthcare reform. A majority of physicians said the ACA would not
improve healthcare's quality, rising costs or patients' control
over their own health care. They also said it would worsen the
amount of control physicians have over their practice
The only positive rating physicians gave the ACA was related to
access. Fifty-four percent of respondents said the new law will
increase patients' access to care. The health law is estimated to
drive 13 million new Medicaid enrollees beginning in 2014.
"Physician opinions are important since they are a primary
driver of healthcare decisions and costs," said Richard L. Jackson,
chairman and CEO of Jackson Healthcare, a national healthcare
staffing company. "Overall, they believe the law does not
meet its intended objectives, negatively impacts the
patient-physician relationship and hinders their ability to control
the treatment of their patients."
One important provision in the law set to take effect next year
is the Independent Payment Advisory Board charged with finding
savings in Medicare. Sixty-four percent of physicians said it
would have a negative impact on patient care.
Among Jackson's other key survey findings:
- 70 percent said ACA would not stem rising healthcare costs
- 66 percent said ACA would give physicians less control over
their practice decisions
- 61 percent said ACA would not improve the quality of
- 55 percent said Congress should scrap ACA and start over
- 49 percent said ACA would give patients less control over their
- 35 percent said it did nothing to reform healthcare.
- 31 percent said ACA didn't go far enough and a single-payer
system is needed
- 22 percent said ACA went too far and impedes a physician's
ability to practice medicine
This survey was conducted online from May 25 to June 4, 2012.
Invitations for the survey were emailed to physicians who have been
placed by Jackson Healthcare staffing companies and those who have
not. Respondents were self-selected. 2,694 respondents completed
the survey. The error range for this survey at the 95 percent
confidence level is +/- 1.9 percent.
To view the survey or learn more click here.