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Physician Attitudes Survey Questions (Raw Data)

National Survey of Physicians Attitudes of Direction of Medicine

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1. How do current changes in the medical system affect your desire to practice medicine?

I'm re-energized - 4.6%

Makes me think about quitting - 82.6%             

Unsure/no opinion - 12.8%             

2. How do you assess the overall current path of the medical system in the U.S.?

              Right track - 3.9%             

              Wrong track - 89.8%                           

              Unsure/No opinion 6.3%

3.Is it getting easier or more difficult for you to adhere to a Hippocratic ethic of medicine?

              Easier -1.6%             

              More difficult - 61.0%                

              Same - 33.4%                             

              Unsure - 4.0%                           

4.In general, do you think the patient-physician relationship is improving or declining?

              Improving 3.5%             

              Declining - 8.35%             

              Same              9.7%                            

              Unsure/No opinion 1.5%

5.Do you have more or less autonomy in your practice now than you expected to have when you started?

              More - 2.6%

              Less - 89.4%

              Same - 6.4%

              Unsure/No opinion - 1.6%

6. If you answered LESS to the last question, what are the top 3 reasons:

              Government regulations - 88.1%                           

              Healthcare system contracts - 59.6%

              Insurance & third party contracts 81.0%             

              Fear of lawsuits - 34.6%

              Fear of prosecution, licensure or administrative actions - 24.3%

7.Who’s most to blame for current problems in medicine? (Choose three)

              President - 27.2%

              Congress - 25.8%

              Government involvement in general - 65.2%

              Hospitals - 7.0%

              Health plans/insurance - 49.5%

              Third-party payers - 41.5%

              Lawyers - 41.5%

              Patients - 7.3%

              Doctors/Medical professionals - 12.1%

              Medicare/Medicaid - 15.4%

8. Who is most likely to improve the problems in medicine? (Choose three)             

              President - 15.7%

              Congress - 29.5%

              Government involvement in general - 17.6%

              Hospitals - 15.7%

              Health plans/insurance - 14.7%

              Third-party payers - 8.7%

              Lawyers - 3.7%

              Patients - 63.7%

              Doctors/Medical professionals - 79.5%

              Medicare/Medicaid - 2.1%

9.Will Pay-for-Performance improve quality of care?

              Yes - 9.2%

              No - 64.8%

              Slightly - 12.3%

              Unsure/No opinion - 13.6%

10. Will Pay-for-Performance reduce overall costs?

Yes - 8.1%

No - 69.7%

Slightly - 7.0%

Unsure/No opinion - 15.2%

11. How would quality of care be affected by expanding scope of practice for nurses?

              Greatly improve - 1.8%

              Improve - 13.0%

              No effect - 11.1%

              Worsen - 44.8%

              Greatly worsen - 18.7%

              Unsure/no opinion - 10.6%

12. Are you planning to join an ACO (Accountable Care Organization) in the next 3-5 years?

              Yes, great idea - 2.5%

              Giving consideration - 9.9%

              Only if I am required - 26.3%

              No - 47.9%

              Unsure/no opinion - 13.4%

13. How will you respond to lower Medicare/Medicaid payments?

              Stop taking new Medicaid patients - 48.9%                           

              Stop taking new Medicare patients - 42.0%

              Opt out of Medicare completely - 31.6%

              Stop practicing medicine or retire - 32.9%

              Seek a partnership/affiliation with large health system or group practice - 10.2%

              Seek employed position with hospital or health system - 15.0%

              Restrict services to current Medicare patients - 26.9%

              Increase patient load - 9.6%

              No changes - 8.7%

              Unsure/not applicable - 9.5%

14. I would be willing, or prefer to treat some Medicaid/Medicare-eligible patients for free rather than file a claim.

              Yes - 35.2%

              No - 39.4%                                         

              Maybe - 39.4%

              Unsure/no opinion - 16.8%

15. Do your third-party contracts restrict your ability to post or disclose prices?

              Yes - 28.0%

              Somewhat - 11.9%

              No - 23.1%

              Unsure/no opinion - 37.0%

16. Do you support more price transparency by posting prices at your office?

              Yes - 40.7%                                         

              Probably - 18.1%

              No - 26.6%

              Unsure/no opinion - 14.6%

17. How do electronic health records impact medical privacy & confidentiality?

              Improve - 7.5%

              No effect - 16.0%

              Compromise - 66.6%                           

              No effect - 16.0%                           

              Unsure/No opinion - 10.0%             

18. Are you hesitant to voice your opinions about health care politics, policy or legislation because of reaction from your patients, colleagues or administrators?

              Very hesitant - 10.1%

              Somewhat - 25.8%

              Not at all - 62.2

              Unsure/no opinion - 1.8%

19. Please grade the job medical associations & their leaders have done representing you & your concerns as a physician.

American Medical Association:                

                            A - 2.9%

                            B - 9.2%

                            C - 14.2%

                            D - 16.5%

                            F - 57.3%

              National Specialty Group:                        

                            A - 11.2%

                            B - 22.4%

                            C - 26.9%

                            D - 17.5%

                            F - 57.3%

              State/Local Medical Society

                            A - 11.1%

                            B - 23.3%

                            C - 25.8%

                            D - 16.3%

                            F - 23.5%

              Other (blank question - unedited responses below)

                            B: AOA

                            C: APA

              A: American Osteoopathic Association

                            A - AAPS & CMA

                            A: Onconlogy WVA

                            PA Chiropractic Assn.

                            AAPS - A

                            B: Wisconsin Chiropractic Association

                            B: ASCBS

                            A: pch-hca

                            ACA - B

                            Christian Medical Assn - A; Catholic Medical Assn - A

                            ACA and NCCA

                            NC Chiropractic Assn

                            ASRM - B

                            F: AARP

                            B: Am Psychoanolytic Assoc.

                            AAFP

                            B: AAPA/FAPA Physicians Asst Groups

                            not a member of any

                            B:SERMO

                            AARP

                            American Anti-Aging Regeneration Medical Association - B

                            American Optometric Assn - C

                            A - CO Chiro Assoc.

                            PNHP - A

                            F - PNNP

                            F - ADA

                            A - State Specialty Society

                            B - AAPA/ FAPA

                            C - NC Chiropractic Assn.

                            A - MI Associate of Chiropractors

                            Amer Optometric Assn - F; MO Optometric Assn - F

                            ADA - F; AWFP - F

                            F - AOA

                            B - ADA

                            AAPS=A, AANS=B, NASS=A

                            American Association of Physicians and Surgeons A

                            Chiropratic Association

                            American & Missouri Optometric Associates

                            ACA

                            AAPS

                            ACA B

                            Exception is American Psychoanalytic Association. They r an A

                            American Dental Assn - A

20. Which of the following most accurately reflects your current financial situation?

              In the black - 32.5%

              In the black, but just squeaking by  - 37.3%                           

              Breaking even - 12.3%

              In the red - 10.0%                                                                     

              Dark red & can't see how I can continue like this - 4.5%             

              Unsure/No opinion - 3.4%

21. What do you anticipate for your financial situation in the next 5 years?

              Greatly improve - 2.1%

              Improve - 10.8%

              Worsen - 38.5

              Greatly worsen - 11.9%

              I plan to retire within 5 years - 14.6%

              Unsure/no opinion - 4.1%

22. Will requiring individuals to purchase insurance result in improved access to actual medical care?

              Yes - 11.9%

              Maybe - 12.5%

              Unlikely - 23.3%

              Unsure/no opinion3.4%

23. In general, should private self-pay patients pay the same prices as third-party contracts?

              Same - 42.8%                           

              Lower - 32.4%                           

              Higher - 13.0%                           

              Unsure/no opinion - 11.8%

24. Would you be willing to charge your private self-pay patients less than third-party payers?

              Yes - 46.3%                           

              Maybe - 18.3%

              No - 29.4%

              My group/employer won't allow - 2.2%

              Unsure/no opinion - 4.6%

25. Is medicine becoming too controlled by large corporations or systems at the expense of independent practice?

              Yes - 95.1%                           

              No - 2.4%

              Unsure/no opinion - 2.5%                           

26. What would most improve medicine? (RATE IMPORTANCE 1 TO 5, 1-MOST PRIORITY, 5 –LOW PRIORITY)

1

2

3

4

5

Reduce government regulations & mandates

70.5%

16.8%

4.8%

3.7%

4.2%

Repeal part or all of PPACA

63.1%

16.4%

10.9%

3.1%

6.5%

More doctor- owned hospitals

16.6%

18.5%

37.3%

13.1%

14.6%

Increase patient-doctor-direct practices

42.9%

35.3%

15.9%

2.1%

3.7%

Reduce/eliminate third-party payments

33.5%

26.2%

23.6%

9.7%

6.9%

Prohibit government rationing of care

47.8%

23.2%

15.7%

5.8%

7.5%

Patients taking more responsibility for health

68.4%

22.1%

5.3%

1.7%

2.5%

Reforms to deliver medical care instead of "insuring" people

38.6%

31.1%

20.6%

4.2%

5.5%

Liability reform

62.0%

23.7%

8.7%

2.0%

2.7%

Stabilize Medicare payments

38.0%

33.8%

20.4%

3.8%

4.1%

Downsize corporate structures

31.4%

26.2%

29.2%

8.1%

5.2%

Stronger physician leadership

58.6%

26.9%

9.0%

3.1%

2.4%

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DPMA in the News!

August 1st, 2012

Written by Loren Heal

Physicians reacted with shock and anger to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the President Obama’s health care law, according to poll data and the leaders of activist groups, which are continuing to fight the law in court and via political action.

According to Kathryn Serkes, cofounder of the Doctor Patient Medical Association, a recent nationwide poll sponsored by her organization found 83 percent of U.S. physicians have considered leaving their practices due to President Obama’s law.

“This not just something that started today, and it’s not something that just started with passage” of Obama’s law, said Serkes. “There have been developments in medicine that have made it very, very difficult and have put some seriously different pressures on doctors. But this bill has certainly brought things to a head.”

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