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Physicians Say Healthcare Reform Bad for Patients and Worse for Doctors, Finds New Thomson Reuters
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Nearly two-thirds of U.S. doctors surveyed fear healthcare reform could worsen care for patients, by flooding their offices and hurting income, according to a Thomson Reuters survey.

The survey of more than 2,900 doctors found many predict the legislation will force them to work harder for less money.

« When asked about the quality of healthcare in the U.S. over the next five years, 65 percent of the doctors believed it would deteriorate with only 18 percent predicting it would improve, » Thomson Reuters, parent company of Reuters, said in a statement.

Most — 74 percent — believe the changes will make their reimbursement less fair, according to the survey.

« The National Physicians Survey tells us that physicians have not been enlisted in the healthcare reform process, » said David Shrier, chief executive officer of HCPlexus.

« The message they’ve taken from healthcare reform appears to be ‘Do more with less.’ Doctors are telling us they feel disenfranchised and overburdened, » Shrier added in a statement.