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April 25, 2012

New Physicians, the Affordable Care Act, and the Changing Practice of Medicine

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Health Policy & Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts (Dr Sommers); Office of Health Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, US Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC (Drs Sommers and Bindman); and Department of Medicine, Health Policy, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco (Dr Bindman).

JAMA. 2012;307(16):1697-1698. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.523

The passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in March 2010 signaled a dramatic moment for the US health care system. Featuring expanded health coverage for millions of individuals, insurance reforms, and a commitment to testing numerous approaches to improving the delivery of medical care, the ACA affects nearly every aspect of the practice of medicine. These changes raise the question: how do physicians in general and the next generation of physicians in particular—young physicians, residents, and medical students—view the ACA?

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