Nearly One-Third of Physicians are Thinking of Quitting Medicine Because of the ACA

April 28th, 2016 2 Min read Nearly One-Third of Physicians are Thinking of Quitting Medicine Because of the ACA Blog
Wondering what physicians think of the Affordable Care Act? CompHealth recently surveyed nearly 1,000 physicians from different specialties across the U.S. to find out. The results? See for yourself below. ACA1

Thirty-six percent of all physicians said they were more inclined to leave medicine because of the Affordable Care Act. That number was higher among private practice physicians, 45 percent of whom said they are more inclined to leave medicine.



The ACA is least favorable among private practice physicians (20 percent favorable), followed by group practice physicians (26 percent favorable) and hospital-based physicians (35 percent favorable).



Sixty-eight percent of respondents claim they spend too much time at work entering data into EHRs. Fifty-nine percent spend too much time doing paperwork.



Sixty-four percent of private practice physicians took on a secondary job to compensate for reduced income that the ACA caused. The most common second jobs are moonlighting, locum tenens, and consulting.

    But that’s not all. Take a look at the full survey findings here.

What do these findings mean for you?

According to the study, “many of the surveyed physicians indicated disapproval of the ACA and its impact on their work and compensation.” As a result, many of these doctors are choosing nontraditional ways to practice medicine, including locum tenens, to supplement income decreased by the ACA.


Chad Saley

Chad Saley

Chad Saley is a public relations manager at CHG Healthcare, the parent company of CompHealth.

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