Jackson & Coker Industry Report

Survey: Physicians Say Affordable Care Act Will
Spike Costs, Impact Care

Opposition to or Approval of the ACA
Opposition to or Approval of the ACA


Our most recent national survey found that physicians believe Obamacare will increase healthcare costs and reduce access to care. Jackson & Coker conducted this survey in partnership with its parent organization, Jackson Healthcare, to give physicians a voice in the ongoing national dialogue about the ACA.

Key findings from the survey include:

  • For patients with health insurance, 80 percent of physicians said they believe those patients will wind up paying higher healthcare costs under the ACA

  • Seventy-six percent of physicians said overall healthcare costs would go up due to the new health reform law

  • Seventy-three percent of physicians said patients would have less choice in picking their doctor due to Obamacare

  • Sixty-six percent of the physicians said they would have to spend more time on administrative duties because of the new law

  • Sixty-one percent of physicians said their opinion of the law has changed for the worse

  • Sixty percent of physicians said the quality of patient care would be negatively impacted

  • When asked how the law would impact their treatment decisions for patients, 57 percent of physicians said the law would have a negative impact

  • Fifty-six percent support repealing or defunding the law

  • Forty-four percent of the physicians said they would not participate in the Exchange


A total of 3,072 practicing physicians completed the survey on the ACA, which was conducted between Friday, November 8 and Tuesday, November 12. The error range for this survey was +/- 1.8% at the 95% confidence level.

Invitations for the survey were emailed to subsets of a database totaling 277,778 physicians, which included physicians who have been placed by Jackson Healthcare’s staffing companies and those who have not.

Respondents to this survey were self-selected and spanned all 50 states and medical/surgical specialties.

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