Merritt Hawkins Survey: Two-Thirds of Physicians Have Negative View of AHCA

Two-thirds of physicians have a negative impression of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican-sponsored bill to unwind Obamacare, while only about one-fourth support it, according to a recent survey of 1,112 physicians conducted by Merritt Hawkins, the nation’s leading physician search firm and a company of AMN Healthcare. The survey found some 66 percent of physicians have a negative impression of the AHCA, and just 26 percent have a positive impression, while seven percent are neutral. “Physicians have consistently expressed dissatisfaction with government sponsored healthcare legislation in the past, and the AHCA does not reverse this trend,” said Merritt Hawkins President Mark Smith. “So far, the bill rates a strongly negative diagnosis from physicians.” In a 2016 survey of 17,236 physicians that Merritt Hawkins conducted on behalf of The Physicians Foundation, 23 percent of physicians gave the Affordable Care Act (ACA) a positive grade of A or B, 28 percent gave it an average grade of C, while 48 percent gave it a negative grade of D or F. The AHCA which recently passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and is awaiting U.S. Senate consideration, gets an even higher negative rating, according to the new Merritt Hawkins survey. Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed have a strongly negative impression of the bill, and 8 percent have a somewhat negative impression. The survey was sent by e-mail to approximately 80,000 physicians randomly selected from Merritt Hawkins’ database and has a 2.87 percent margin of error as determined by experts in statistical response at the University of Tennessee. For additional information about Merritt Hawkins’ surveys, white papers, speaking presentations, or related matters, visit or call (800) 876-0500.