Here's a sneak peak at the Physician Sentiment Index, to be released today by athenahealth and Sermo:
- 59% of the physicians surveyed believe that the quality of medicine in America will decline in next 5 years; only 18% believe the quality of medicine will improve.
- 64% cited the current health care climate as somewhat or very detrimental to their delivery of quality care
- Less than a quarter believe that more active government involvement in health care regulation can improve outcomes; the majority (54%) feel otherwise.
With over 1,000 physicians polled, the national survey is thought to be the largest of its kind. Physicians were polled before the passage of ObamaCare, in February of 2010.
Will ObamaCare make physicians more optimistic? Probably not, if these unofficial, unscientific survey results from Sermo are any indication:
How does the passage of the health care reform affect your perception of medicine over the next few years?
Less optimistic: 78% (1528)
More optimistic: 15% (290)
Doesn't change: ..7% (132)
Number of respondents: 1950
Results as of March 25, 2010 1:12 AM