Based on a survey of primary care clinicians in early 2015, this Visualizing Health Policy infographic examines the experiences and attitudes of primary care practitioners (PCPs) after the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) major coverage provisions took effect in January 2014. Although most report no change in their ability to provide quality care, their opinions about the health care law are sharply divided along political party lines. Generally, primary care physicians have a more negative view of health reform’s effect on the cost of patient care, but a more positive view of the law’s impact on patient access to health care and insurance. About 6 of 10 primary care clinicians say they’re seeing more newly insured patients or patients covered by Medicaid since the ACA’s major coverage provisions took effect in January 2014. Large shares—66% of nurse practitioners and physician assistants and 50% of physicians—report that they’re currently accepting new Medicaid patients.
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation analysis. Original data and detailed source information are available at http://kff.org/JAMA_11-17-2015.
Acknowledgment: Michelle M. Doty, PhD, of the Commonwealth Fund contributed to the survey design, analysis, and presentation.
Hamel L, Norton M, Jankiewicz A, Rousseau D, for the Kaiser Family Foundation. Experiences and Attitudes of Primary Care Practitioners After the ACA. JAMA. 2015;314(19):2013. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.13799