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2013 Deloitte Survey of U.S. Physicians

Perspectives about health care reform and the future of the medical profession


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Most U.S. physicians are concerned that the future of the medical profession may be in jeopardy and consider many changes in the market to be a threat. They believe that the performance of the U.S. health care system is suboptimal, but the Affordable Care Act is a good start to addressing issues of access and cost.

Most also believe that…

  • Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements may be problematic, prompting many physicians to limit or close their practices to these enrollees.
  • Physician-hospital integration is expected to increase.
  • Clinical decision support information technologies that reduce unnecessary services and increase clinician adherence to evidence-based practices are of interest to physicians.

These are among the survey results in the new report from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions and includes considerations for health care industry stakeholders.

“Physicians recognize that ‘the new normal’ may necessitate major changes in the profession that require them to practice in a different setting as part of a larger organization that uses technologies and team-based models for patient care,” explains DCHS Executive Director Paul Keckley, Ph.D. “Affirming unique value of the profession, open communication and information sharing, structural features that actively engage physicians in leadership roles, and persistent sharing of credible data about safety, outcomes, costs, and patient experiences are requisite to health care organizations seeking a mutually satisfying, effective business relationship with physicians,” Keckley adds.

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