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Executive Summary

The mean average grade the ACA received by survey respondents was a "D".

A majority of physicians surveyed said the ACA will not improve healthcare's quality, rising costs or patients' control over their medical care. They also said the ACA will worsen the amount of control physicians have over their practice decisions.

Other Findings

  • 70 percent said ACA would not stem rising healthcare costs
  • 67 percent said ACA would not improve the doctor-patient relationship
  • 66 percent said ACA would give physicians less control over their practice decisions
  • 61 percent said ACA would not improve the quality of healthcare
  • 55 percent said Congress should scrap ACA and start over
  • 54 percent said ACA would increase patients' access to care
  • 49 percent said ACA would give patients less control over their healthcare
  • 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
  • 12 percent said ACA brought the reform needed in healthcare

Background & Methodology

In Autumn 2009, Jackson Healthcare surveyed physician attitudes about the proposed health reform legislation under consideration at that time. In January 2011, on the eve of the first anniversary of the law, Jackson surveyed physicians again.  The purpose of this survey was to measure physician attitudes at the two-year mark.

This survey was conducted online between May 25 and 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.

A total of 2,694 physicians completed the survey and spanned all 50 states and medical/surgical specialties. Respondents were self-selected. The error range for this survey was +/- 1.9 percent at a 95 percent confidence level.


Download the PDF of the survey questions and frequencies