While the AAFP half-heartedly gives its approval of the act, a growing number of physicians seem to be more upset about the law. Surveys and polls conducted periodically over the past two years show doctors expressing a steady and increasing dislike of the reform effort, indicating a widening gap between those who endorsed healthcare reform and those who did not.
In 2011, the year after the law was adopted, a HealthLeaders Media industry survey found that 30% of physicians thought the law was positive, 30% were neutral, and 10% were very negative. Earlier this year, another Health Leaders Media industry revealed that 53% of physicians believe the current state of the healthcare industry is "on the wrong track."
The disapproval numbers are getting higher. A new survey released this week by Jackson Healthcare, a physician staffing firm based in Alpharetta, Ga., shows 68% of physicians disagree that the law will have a positive impact on physician/patient relationships. Only 12% of physicians say the law provides the needed healthcare reform for the country.
In a report, the company says that physicians gave healthcare reform a letter grade of "D," says Richard L. Jackson, chairman and CEO of Jackson Healthcare. "It's worse than before," Jackson tells HealthLeaders Media, of physician attitudes about healthcare reform.