(Newsroom America) -- A shocking new survey released Monday said as many as 83 percent of the nation's practicing physicians have considered quitting over President Barack Obama's signature health care law.
The survey, released by the non-partisan Doctor Patient Medical Association, questioned a random sample of 699 doctors from around the country, the Daily Caller reported. The result: A vast majority of physicians have thought about leaving their practice after the law was upheld as constitutional late last month by the U.S. Supreme Court.
That said, the new law will lead to a shortage of about 90,000 doctors by 2020, the report noted, since it increases insurance coverage and, hence, demand for physicians.
More Americans living longer is also likely to exacerbate the shortage.
Len Marquez, the director of government relations at the American Association of Medical Colleges, told the Daily Caller that by 2025, the physician shortage in the country will swell to 130,000.
"One of our primary concerns is that you’ve got an aging physician workforce and you have these new beneficiaries — these newly insured people — coming through the system," he said. "There will be strains and there will be physician shortages."
Kathryn Serkes, co-founder of the DPMA, told the DC that many in the medical profession don't believe the law, called the Patient Affordable Care Act, will lead to better access to care or lower prices.
"Doctors clearly understand what Washington does not — that a piece of paper that says you are ‘covered’ by insurance or ‘enrolled’ in Medicare or Medicaid does not translate to actual medical care when doctors can’t afford to see patients at the lowball payments, and patients have to jump through government and insurance company bureaucratic hoops," she said.
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