A majority of young doctors feel pessimistic about the future of the U.S healthcare system, with the new healthcare law cited as the main reason. Nearly half of the 500 doctors surveyed released to Reuters, think the Affordable Care Act will have a negative effect on their practices, compared with 23% who think it will be positive.
Of the 57% of young doctors who are pessimistic, 34% cite the new healthcare law or regulations as the reason for pessimism. Other reasons include declining reimbursement for doctors and a decrease in incomes. 21% were neutral and 22% were optimistic in contrast.
The survey was commissioned by The Physicians Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes the work of practicing doctors through grants, research and policy impact studies.