Experiences and Attitudes of Primary Care Providers Under the First Year of ACA Coverage Expansion: Findings from the Kaiser Family Foundation/Commonwealth Fund 2015 National Survey of Primary Care Providers

Issue Brief (Commonw Fund). 2015 Jun;17:1-21.


A new survey from The Kaiser Family Foundation and The Commonwealth Fund asked primary care providers--physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants--about their views of and experiences with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other changes in health care delivery and payment, as well as their thoughts on the future of primary care. In this first brief based on the survey, many providers reported seeing an increased number of patients since the coverage expansions went into effect, but not an accompanying compromise in quality of care. A large majority of primary care providers are satisfied with their medical practice, but a substantial percentage of physicians expressed pessimism about the future of primary care. Similar to the population overall, providers' views of the ACA are divided along party lines. A second brief will report on providers' reactions to other changes occurring in primary care delivery and payment.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Forecasting
  • Health Care Reform*
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Humans
  • Insurance Coverage / trends*
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act*
  • Physician Assistants
  • Physicians
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care
  • United States