A View from the Front Line — Physicians’ Perspectives on ACA Repeal in NEJM. David Grande, MD

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In a February 2017 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, PRC Core Lead David Grande, MD, MPH, and colleagues present findings for an updated survey on how health care providers view the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.  Findings from a 2015 survey provided the authors with a baseline upon which to measure attitude changes as providers became more experienced with the ACA.  “Given that the political and policy landscape changed dramatically over the ensuing months, and that physicians were gaining more experience with the ACA’s provisions, we performed our own survey, by mail, of PCPs from December 2016 through January 2017 to assess their perspectives on the ACA and specific policy options put forth in recent public debate. One thousand physicians, including physicians trained in internal medicine, pediatricians, geriatricians, and family practitioners, were randomly sampled from the American Medical Association (AMA) Masterfile, which contains information on AMA members as well as nonmembers. Physicians received up to two mailings and a telephone call, with an option to complete the survey online. A $2 incentive was provided in the first mailing. Overall, 426 physicians responded to the survey.”