Survey: 73% of Physicians "Not Excited" About Future of Medicine

A recent Deloitte survey has revealed the depth of skepticism of physicians, as 73 percent of physicians said they are not excited about the future of medicine and roughly 70 percent think "the best and brightest" people will no longer pursue careers in it.

The report, "Physician Perspectives About Healthcare Reform and the Future of the Medical Profession," surveyed a random sample of 501 physicians. Other key findings include:

• Only 27 percent of physicians believe the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will reduce costs by increasing efficiency, and only 33 percent believe it will decrease disparities.
• Nearly three-quarters of respondents think emergency rooms could get overwhelmed if primary care physician appointments are full as a result of PPACA.
• More than 80 percent believe it is likely that wait times for primary care appointments will increase because of a lack of providers.
• Surgical specialists (57 percent) are much more likely to support the law's repeal compared to primary care providers (38 percent) and non-surgical specialists (34 percent).
• There is a disparity among generations, as 59 percent of physicians 50-59 years old feel PPACA is a step in the wrong direction while only 36 percent of those ages 25-39 share this sentiment.

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