• Physicians Split on Nomination of Dr. Tom Price as HHS Secretary

  • Many Believe He Will Improve Conditions for Physicians but Detract from Patient Access to Care

    Contact: Phillip Miller 469-524-1420 - Phil.miller@amnhealthcare.com

    DALLAS, TX – Physicians appear to be as divided as the nation is politically regarding President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Dr. Tom Price, MD for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 

    According to an online survey of 1,094 physicians conducted by Merritt Hawkins, the nation’s leading physician search firm and a company of AMN Healthcare, 46% of physicians feel generally positive about Dr. Price, 42% feel generally negative, while 12% are neutral. 

    The survey also asked physicians to indicate whether Dr. Price would improve medical practice conditions for physicians if his nomination for HHS Secretary is confirmed. The plurality of respondents (46%) believe Dr. Price will improve practice conditions, 34% indicated he will worsen them, and 20% are neutral. 

    “Many physicians have expressed deep dissatisfaction with today’s medical practice environment, given its prevailing regulations and reimbursement restrictions,” said Mark Smith, president of Merritt Hawkins. “The survey suggests that many doctors hold out hope that Dr. Price will improve things, possibly because he is a physician himself.”  

    On the question of whether Dr. Price would improve the ability of patients to access quality care, physicians were less sanguine, according to the survey. A plurality of physicians (47%) believe Dr. Price will detract from the ability of patients to obtain access to quality care if his nomination is confirmed, 42% believe he will improve the ability of patients to obtain access to quality care, while 11% remain neutral. These numbers suggest uncertainty among many physicians regarding how patients will obtain health insurance if Obamacare is repealed by the new administration through HHS direction under Dr. Price, Smith said. 

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    About Merritt Hawkins

    Merritt Hawkins is the leading physician, PA and NP search and consulting firm in the United States and is a company of AMN Healthcare (amnhealthcare.com) the nation’s largest healthcare workforce solutions company.