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Survey finds health-care reform bad for patients, worse for doctors
Date:1/18/2011

Ps and NP's will end up treating most patients.

"I believe that specialists feel that the PCP's will allocate the majority of their time to the patients with commercial insurance or sources that have higher re-imbursements and leave the lower level payers for their PA's and Nurse Practitioners to manage the majority of the time. These patients also have a history of being less likely to take an active role in their own care and have more 'self inflicted problems,' i.e. smoking, obesity, etc," responded an Illinois-based orthopedic surgeon.

"It is clear that many physicians feel strongly that the proposed future state is counter to what they believe is the best way to serve patients," said Raymond Fabius, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Thomson Reuters. "As practicing physicians are genuinely concerned for the health of their patients and their ability to serve them, any sustainable efforts to reform health care delivery would benefit from their inclusion and support."

During the next 5 years, the quality of health care in this country will improve (18%) stay same (17%) deteriorate (65%)

The Affordable Care Act will result in physician reimbursement becoming more fair (9%) neither fair nor unfair (17%) less fair (74%)

Overall, the impact of the Affordable Care Act for patients will be positive (27%) neutral (15%) negative (57%)

Overall, the impact of the Affordable Care Act for physicians will be positive (8%) neutral (14%) negative (78%)

"The National Physicians Survey tells us that physicians have not been enlisted in the healthcare reform process," said David L. Shrier, CEO of HCPlexus. Shrier continued, "The message they've taken from healthcare reform appears to be 'Do more with less'. Doctors are telling us they feel disenfranchised and overburdened. In order for healthcare reform to succeed, physicians need to be engaged in dialog, and need to be communicated the benefits of the PPACA as par
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