UCLA researchers have found that 77 percent of California primary care and specialty physicians understand the basics of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and 59 percent support it. The survey, conducted by doctors from the UCLA department of family medicine, was published in the peer-reviewed journal Family Medicine.
Researchers also found that a majority of the 525 doctors surveyed believe ACA will steer the country's health care in the right direction.
The doctors' stance on the law appeared to be closely correlated with their political affiliations and medical specialties.
A majority of those polled thought the ACA would either help their practice (25 percent) or have no effect at all (36 percent), while 39 percent thought their practice would be hurt by the legislation.
"The United States is in an unprecedented era of health care reform that is pushing medical professionals and medical educators to evaluate the future of their patients, their careers and the field of medicine," said Dr. Gerardo Moreno, assistant professor of family medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the study's senior author. "This survey provides us a snapshot of what physicians think about health care reform. Physicians are a trusted source of information for health policy issues and learning, so investigating what drives their opinions on the ACA is important."
Among the other findings:
The researchers note that the survey results could have been influenced by the desire to give socially acceptable answers.
Materials provided by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences. Original written by Enrique Rivero. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.
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