Doctors disillusioned by healthcare reform

Posted on: Friday, July 06, 2012

While sentiment is mixed among insurance customers about whether the upholding of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will ultimately lead to lower health costs or make insurance more available, many doctors are of the belief that the ruling won't do much of anything.

According to a survey conducted by the Doctor Patient Medical Association, roughly three out of every four doctors surveyed said the individual insurance mandate will not improve access to medical care.

Kathryn Serkes, chairman of the DPMA, noted that patients often confuse healthcare with health insurance, when in reality they're two separate things.

"What PPACA does is increase patients' access to a piece of paper - that says they are 'covered' by insurance or 'enrolled' in Medicaid," said Serkes. "But paper promises don't translate to actual medical care when doctors can't afford to see patients at the lowball payments, and patients have to jump through bureaucratic hoops set up by the government."

Doctors interviewed in the poll said certain aspects of the PPACA may ultimately work against patients, as some physicians may stop accepting Medicaid patients because the program has been expanded so much.

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