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Doctors worried about impact of Obamacare

Reuters reported that 57 percent of the young doctors said that the Affordable Health Care Act, so called "Obamacare," would have a negative impact on their practices.

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Young doctors are pessimistic about the effect of Obamacare on their budding practices. (Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images)

In a survey of 500 young doctors conducted this week, a majority responded that they felt pessimistic about the future of the US health care system, with the new healthcare law their central concern.

Reuters reported Wednesday that 57 percent of the young doctors (those under 40) that responded to the survey said that the Affordable Health Care Act, so called "Obamacare," would have a negative impact on their practices.

This is in contrast to the 23 percent that said it would be positive.

The reasons the doctors gave for optimism included better patient care and a more fair healthcare system for patients.

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The Baby Center website cited other surveys that found similar results among doctors, such as the Doctor's Company - an insurer of physcians - survey earlier this year, which found that 60 percent of doctors think it will negatively impact overall patient care.

Another survey by Deloitte in 2011, reported that 83 percent of physicians foresee increased wait times for primary care appointments under the new law.

The survey was done by The Physicians Foundation, a non-profit that supports doctors through grants and commissioning studies.

The findings may be used by those who oppose the Act, which is currently being reviewed by the US Supreme Court for its constitutionality.

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