National Physician Survey: ACA Increasing Healthcare Costs

On June 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. Going forward, many physicians believe that the ACA is driving up the cost of healthcare.

In a national survey conducted by Jackson Healthcare in early June 2015, 59 percent of the doctors said the law’s positive effects did not outweigh its negative effects when it comes to their medical practice.

The following are additional findings from this survey:

  • Doctors believe the law aids patients by covering pre-existing conditions and providing routine medical screenings
  • 67 percent of physicians said they are accepting insurance plans sold in the exchange
  • 61 percent of physicians reported an increase in overhead costs for items such as electronic medical records and administrative costs to comply with the ACA
  • 60 percent of physicians reported more administrative work due to the law, resulting in less time with patients
  • 51 percent of patients are delaying routine screenings because of the cost of high-deductible plans associated with the ACA
  • 23 percent of physicians said they were either retiring, thinking of retiring or becoming part-time locum tenens/contract employee in 2015

Survey Methodology

A total of 1,352 doctors completed the Jackson survey. The error range for this survey was +/-1.3 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.