Local Physicians Taking Wait-And-See Approach

by BRADLEY HARTSELL, Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Affordable Care Act, which opened for registration on Oct. 1, has a lot of people asking questions about what it means for the future of health care.

Unfortunately, doctors are still asking many questions themselves. Wait and see is the sentiment expressed by everyone from physicians to office managers of private practices to public relations people. The government and the market aren’t answering the big questions right now and nobody can say for sure where health care is going.

Dr. James Sams, a primary care physician and Chief Medical Officer of Piedmont Clinic, acknowledged a change was due to the old system, he’s just unsure if the ACA will be the solution.

“How many people are going to sign up? There’s no debate that people were being held out of proper care under the old system, but whether [the ACA] is the necessary change remains to be seen.”

Sams believes the ACA is only a health insurance reform, not a health care reform. “The health care industry is spending huge amounts of money and not getting adequate results. It’s a $3 trillion dollar a year business with unhappy customers. We need it better and we need it cheaper.”

He said health care needs to be “twice as good at half the cost,” which is something the ACA isn’t built to do. Many of the reforms were already happening in hospitals like those in the Piedmont system because the marketplace is demanding transformation. With or without mandates from the government, the health care industry is going under the hood to effect change.

read more on how the ACA is effecting doctors. 

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