Eighty-three percent of American physicians have considered leaving the profession over President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law – and 63 percent have called for repealing all or part of it, according to survey by the Doctor Patient Medical Association.
The results from the non-partisan association of doctors and patients, founded last fall and headquartered in Alexandria, Va., is based on a national survey of 699 physicians, the Daily Caller reports.
The Affordable Care Act was upheld last month by the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Hands-down, doctors blame government involvement for the current problems in medicine, and are not shy to say they want it out,” the association says in a report on the survey findings.
“The reasons cited range from the deluge of regulatory compliance that siphons time away from patient care, to de facto rationing achieved through complex payment schemes, to cushy relationships that favor corporations and special interests in medicine.”
- Almost unanimous that medicine is on the wrong track, and overwhelmingly blame the government;
- Government-imposed solutions (PPACA, electronic health information) destined to fail;
- Highest numbers ever opting out of Medicare or refuse Medicaid;
- Vacuum in leadership in medical profession, feel abandoned by AMA & organized medicine;
- Corporate medicine (including hospital and insurance companies) is intentionally trying to destroy private practice;
- Doctors are pessimistic – failing financially & assume things will worsen;
- See doctors and patients as the solution – not government;
- Believe direct payment by patients will restore accountability & patient control;
- Restored autonomy, elimination of government involvement, increased patient responsibility and free market reforms are solutions.
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