A group of primary care physicians has already weighed in on whether or not the recently upheld healthcare reform law’s individual mandate will achieve its objective of spreading insurance to all individuals.
The majority — 64% — said they believe the individual mandate will fail to make sure 100% of Americans obtain health insurance.
That data comes from a poll of 243 primary care physicians that was conducted by MDLinx, a medical news and education company, hours after the Supreme Court ruled the reform law will be upheld.
In addition, only 22% felt the new healthcare system would have an extremely positive impact on their medical practice, and 45.7% said they felt it would have an extremely negative impact.
A statement released by MDLinx said many of the survey participants supported the concept of the law but most feared the resources are not available to make it work.
1 in 4 could see closing
In a separate MDLinx survey of 673 physicians, unrelated to the reform law, 26.4% said that given the financial environment, they could foresee themselves closing their practices within the next 12 months.
Physicians from small practices accounted for 254 of the survey participants, and 31.7% of them are forecasting that 2012 will be one of their worst earning years ever. Meanwhile, 13% of physicians from large practices said the same.
In addition, 53.1% of the smaller practice doctors reported suffering a personal pay cut along with 32% of large practice physicians.
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