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Monday, October 29, 2012


Americans are very happy with their primary care physicians, according to a new national survey conducted by The Physicians Foundation. Among those who had visited a family physician or primary care doctor (at least once) in the past year, 79 percent said that they were “very satisfied” or “extremely satisfied” with the visit(s). When asked why, one typical respondent said, “Because he is an excellent doctor. He knows me and understands my medical needs.” Americans point away from physicians when asked who is to blame for the rising cost of health care. Three-quarters said insurance companies and pharmaceutical manufacturers were “very” or “completely responsible,” 62 percent cited the cost of liability insurance, and 59 percent laid the blame on the government. One last snapshot from this survey: When asked about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 39 percent believe it will have a negative impact on health care, 26 percent feel the impact will be positive, and 35 percent express no opinion. Harris Interactive conducted the survey of 2,236 adults for The Physicians Foundation in late July.

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