Many Health Care Professionals Oppose ACA Proposals

(HealthDay News) – The majority of health care professionals are concerned about negative outcomes relating to enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), although they recognize the benefits, according to a survey conducted by Coupa Software.

Researchers surveyed over 200 U.S. health care professionals on behalf of Coupa from Sept. 19–23, 2013, to examine their attitudes toward the new health care laws, focusing on current issues facing health care professionals.

According to the report, almost three-quarters of respondents (74%) felt there would be positive benefits once the ACA was fully enacted, including increased access to some level of coverage, increased preventive care services, and lower hospital bills and health care spending for taxpayers. 93% of respondents felt there could be negative consequences from the law, with 56% opposing most, if not all, of the proposals in the law. Negative consequences expected included decreases in the quality of health insurance policies as well as decreases in access and effectiveness of care.

“The administrative complexity of our health care system raises costs for health care providers and hampers their ability to provide excellent care to their patients,” Amit Duvedi, vice president of business strategy at Coupa Software, said in a statement. “Implementing the ACA will force providers to do more with less as new enrollees sign up for coverage.”

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