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What Do U.S. Physicians Really Think about Obamacare?


IP Blog | Dave Melin | November 24, 2013

BioBlogWeeklyThis week in healthcare, physicians and insurers begin to deal with the details — good and bad — of Obamacare.

Survey: The more practicing physicians learn about Obamacare, the more they dislike it and want to start over

A recent survey of 3,000 physicians across all 50 states found that “61% of the physicians said they have a worse opinion of Obamacare now than they did back in 2010.” Less than half  ­– “44% – said they would not participate in the health insurance exchanges the new law has created.”

Obamacare Failure May Shave 30% From U.S. Drug Sales

A report from IMS Health Inc. looks forward to 2017 and projects that the delay in Obamacare enrollments may result in a huge drop in drug sales.

Doc insurance exchange worries: Premium nonpayment, low reimbursement

Worried about the flux of reimbursement in the 90-day grace period when patients don’t pay their premiums, doctors push to require payers to inform physicians when patients enter the grace period.

OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Healthcare spending growing at slowest pace on record

Amidst all the frustrating news relating to the insurance exchange rollout, a ray of sunshine: the White House recently released a report that said that “healthcare spending between 2010 and 2013 grew at an annual rate of only 1.3 percent”.

New polls track healthcare reform displeasure

A recent poll of 2,000 registered voters sought to track public opinion about the president and the new health insurance plans. It found, among other things, that “five in 10 people blamed Obama ‘a lot’ for individual market policy cancellations, while thirty-four percent of independents blamed insurers.”


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