That’s what a new survey of physicians (link to PDF) by The Doctors Company found. When they break that 60% figure down farther, they found:
- States range from 52% in Oregon to 72% in Georgia
- Specialty ranges from primary care at 52% to surgical specialists at 69%
- Gender ranges from females at 54% to males at 62%
- Age groups range from “40 and under” at 55% to “51 to 60” at 64%
In short, in every state, specialty, gender, and age group, a majority say ObamaCare will “negatively affect patient care.”
Other interesting findings, 51.4% say ObamaCare could compromise the doctor-patient relationship, and 9 out of 10 doctors are unwilling to recommend a health-care profession.
That last is a bigger issue than it might appear on the surface. As Heritage notes:
Currently, the United States is on the brink of a severe physician shortage. According to the American Association of Medical Colleges, by 2020, the nation will need an additional 91,500 doctors to meet medical demand. Dr. Donald J. Palmisano, former president of the American Medical Association, warns, “Today, we are perilously close to a true crisis as newly insured Americans enter the health care system and our population continues to age.” If current physicians leave the practice early because of the health law, the problem will be exacerbated even further.
I guess we’re finding out what’s in the bill, just as Nancy Pelosi predicted. And what’s in it is a load of… well… insert your own favorite term here.