Doctors Say Affordable Care Act Will Negatively Impact Patients and Practice

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A nationwide survey conducted last week by Jackson & Coker reports physician opinions of the Affordable Care Act are pessimistic related to their practice and patients.

The more knowledgeable physicians report being about the ACA, the more pessimistic and concerned they are. -- Sandra Garrett, President, Jackson & Coker

Sixty-one percent of physicians said their opinion of the Affordable Care Act has changed for the worse, according to a national survey conducted last week by Jackson & Coker, a subsidiary of Jackson Healthcare, the nation’s third largest healthcare staffing company.

Driving this shift in opinion is physicians’ belief that their decision-making ability, workload and compensation will be negatively impacted. They believe their patients’ access to healthcare, physician choice and quality of care will be negatively impacted, as well.

“The more knowledgeable physicians report being about the ACA, the more pessimistic and concerned they are,” said Sandra Garrett, president of Jackson & Coker.

The areas physicians said would be negatively impacted include:

  •     Compensation (71 percent)
  •     Workload (61 percent)
  •     Quality of patient care (60 percent)
  •     Decision-making ability (57 percent)
  •     Patient access to healthcare (51 percent)

Thirty-two percent of physicians believe they will gain patients when the ACA is implemented. Twelve percent said they expect to lose patients. Sixty-nine percent expect their revenue per patient to decrease. Sixty-six percent said they will spend more time on non-clinical, non-patient, administrative activities.

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About Jackson & Coker
For over three decades, Jackson & Coker, a leading locums and permanent placement physician employment firm, has provided doctors for a day, a lifetime, or any of life’s changes in between. The firm ensures that both patients’ needs and physician career goals are met and by uniting doctors with the hospitals and medical facilities that hire them.

The physician recruitment company has earned a national reputation for placing exceptionally qualified doctors in commercial and government practice physician job opportunities. Recruiters work in two divisions: Permanent placement, which recruits doctors in over 40 medical specialties for permanent physician jobs, and locum tenens, a staffing model that recruits physicians for temporary doctor jobs. With a broad range of physician staffing experience in all specialties including Psychiatry jobs, Hospitalist jobs, Internal Medicine jobs, Surgery jobs, Family Practice jobs, Anesthesia jobs and Radiology jobs, Jackson & Coker specializes in jobs for physicians at any stage of their professional career.

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