MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Doctors are split when it comes to health care reform, according to a new survey from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.
Of the 501 doctors surveyed, 44 percent said the law was "a good start," while another 44 percent said health care reform was "a step in the wrong direction."
Overall, the doctors worried that the new system would increase access to government insurance programs without reducing costs, leaving fewer people uninsured but increasing emergency room wait times and lowering the total quality of care.
The survey found that docs were worried about income – 90 percent of those surveyed thought they would be paid less by insurance companies because of health care reform.
Most docs surveyed "are pessimistic about the future of medicine as a result of health reform and think would-be physicians will consider other options," according to the Deloitte report.
More than half of doctors surveyed hoped to retire before they have to start changing the way they practice medicine.
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