A recent survey of nearly 3,000 physicians shows high levels of displeasure with the Affordable Care Act––and a lot of them don’t like electronic health records either.

Of the 2,958 physicians surveyed in September 2010, only 39% believe EHRs will have a positive effect on the quality of patient care. Twenty-four percent believe EHRs will have a negative effect on quality, and 37% forecast a neutral factor.

HCPlexus, publisher of the The Little Blue Book reference guide for physicians, developed and conducted the survey with content vendor Thomson Reuters. The survey sample came from physicians in HCPlexus’ database. The fax-based survey was done in September 2010, with additional information directly gathered via phone or e-mail from hundreds of the surveyed physicians in December and January.

The results show dismal expectations for health care reform. Sixty-five percent of respondents believe the quality of care in the United States will deteriorate during the next five years, with only 18% expecting improvement.

Seventy-four percent fear their pay will decrease in coming years with only 9% thinking pay will rise. Overall, 78% of surveyed physicians think the Affordable Care Act will have a negative impact on the physician community; 57% believe the law will negatively affect patients.


[Source: HealthData Management]