Magazine article USA TODAY

Will ObamaCare Make Patients Switch Doctors?

Magazine article USA TODAY

Will ObamaCare Make Patients Switch Doctors?

Article excerpt

Some 34% of individuals are motivated to reduce their health plan costs rather than keep their primary physician, maintains a HealthPocket consumer survey. When asked, "If changing from your doctor to another doctor could save you money on your health plan premium costs, how much would you have to save annually to make the switch?," more than half of the 34% who would switch would do so for the lowest savings amount presented by the survey, $500 to $1,000 annually. Eight percent say they would switch for $1,000 to $2,000, and 7.5% for $3,000 or more. Over 40% of respondents indicate they would not change their doctor, and nearly 24% report that they do not have a regular doctor.

Other research has shown that many patients are highly satisfied with the care provided by their personal physician, including a survey from The Physicians Foundation, which found that nearly 80% were "very satisfied" or "extremely satisfied" with the visits with their family physician or primary care doctor in the pest year. However, with changes beginning in 2014 with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), consumers and small employers will face an array of new health plan choices that will test this assumption. …

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