ACA fueling patient anxiety about primary care

The viability of the primary care model is being called into question by patients who aren’t so certain about where the traditional PCP way of life can go from here — and that could shape emerging models for physician practices.

A whopping 69 percent of patients expressed concern for the current state of primary care, naming the Affordable Care Act as the prominent driver behind their anxiety, according to a recent survey conducted by Ipsos eNation on behalf of PartnerMD.

At the same time, the survey found that 13 percent of Americans are willing to pay an annual fee for increased access to their physician. Extrapolating that percentage, PartnerMD estimated that 31 million patients would consider some form of membership-based care model.

Indeed, the new healthcare regulations are shining more light on the traditional primary care model, thereby exposing faults within the existing system, said Linda Nash, CEO of PartnerMD.

Among the 1,000 patient respondents that Ipsos eNation surveyed, the following aspects of ACA are most worrisome in relation to the primary care model:

All data courtesy of Ipsos eNation and PartnerMD. Presentation by Medical Practice Insider.


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