As physician practices got smaller, "each step down in size showed an additional shift toward the Republican candidate," Stephen Smith, the CMO for MDLinx said in a statement.
Now with the Obama re-election, a greater number of older physicians in particular, may consider exercising their options, such as quitting. But it certainly is a time to pause and a time to begin healing a divided country, and a divided profession.
It is time to get beyond the politics and into improved care and efficiencies of care, in spite of—if not because of—healthcare reform.
In that spirit, a Health Affairs report released this week shows the importance of the attitudes of older physicians in providing cost-cutting care that, as healthcare reform evolves, the country certainly needs.
In a study of health plans and Medicare use, Ateev Mehrotra, MD, a RAND policy analyst, and his colleagues found that physicians with fewer than 10 years experience had 13.2% higher overall costs than physicians with 40 or more years of experience.
The study results "raise the possibility that more costly practice styles of newly trained physicians may be a driver of rising healthcare costs overall," Mehrotra, wrote. He is an associate professor of medicine, division of general internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.