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

Majority of Doctors Want Obamacare Defunded or Repealed

ATLANTA, Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Physicians say that the Affordable Care Act will increase healthcare costs and reduce access to care, according to a new survey released today by Jackson & Coker, a subsidiary of Jackson Healthcare, the nation's third largest healthcare staffing company.

In the survey, 76 percent of doctors said the cost of healthcare would increase "significantly" or "somewhat" due to the new health reform law. According to the survey, 73 percent of physicians said patients would have less choice in picking their doctor due to Obamacare.

A majority of physicians -- 56 percent -- also support repealing or defunding the law. Thirty-eight percent said the ACA should remain but should be changed or modified. Only 6 percent of doctors said it should remain unchanged.

"The more physicians learn about ACA, the more they dislike it and want to start over," said Richard L. Jackson, chairman and CEO of Jackson Healthcare. "The survey shows that patients are going to have fewer doctors to choose from, less time to spend with the ones they see and will wind up paying more for their healthcare. Physicians believe it is disruptive to the doctor-patient relationship."

Other findings from the nationwide survey conducted last week include:

  • For those 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 doctors said overall healthcare costs would go up due to the new health reform law.
  • Sixty percent of doctors said the quality of patient care would be negatively impacted.
  • Sixty-six percent of the doctors said they would have to spend more time on administrative duties because of the new law.
  • When asked how the law would impact their treatment of patients, 57 percent of physicians said the law would have a negative impact.
  • Forty-four percent of the physicians said they would not participate in the Exchange.
  • Sixty-one percent of doctors said their opinion of the law has changed for the worse.

"Physicians are the most knowledgeable people about what's going on in healthcare and we wanted to give them a voice about something that affects all of us," said Sandra Garrett, president of Jackson & Coker, a leading physician staffing firm.

A total of 3,072 practicing physicians completed the survey conducted Nov. 8-12. The error range for the survey was +/-1.8 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. Respondents spanned all 50 states and included all medical/surgical specialties.

To view the nationwide physicians survey go to:

About Jackson & Coker

For over three decades, Jackson & Coker, a leading locums and permanent physician employment firm, has provided doctors for a day, a lifetime, or any of life's changes in between. The firm ensures that both patients' needs and physician career goals are met and by uniting doctors with the hospitals and medical facilities that hire them. To learn more, visit

About Jackson Healthcare

Jackson Healthcare is the third largest healthcare staffing company in the U.S. and serves more than 4 million patients in over 1,300 hospitals. The company also provides technology solutions that enable total hospital efficiency. Jackson Healthcare has earned national media coverage by providing innovative solutions to healthcare problems, in addition to championing local, national and international charitable work.  t has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work by the Atlanta Business Chronicle for seven consecutive years. Visit to learn more.

Media Contact: Susan Meyers, Jackson Healthcare, 404-518-2271,

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