71% of physicians want major changes to Affordable Care Act

Survey Conducted by Kantar Health and Sermo Shows Large Majority of US Physicians Support an Overhaul of the Recently Upheld Healthcare Law

Nearly three in four US physicians feel Congress needs to enact major changes in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to research conducted by Kantar Health, a leading healthcare-focused global consultancy and marketing insights company, in collaboration with Sermo, the leading physician online community in the U.S.

Following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold most of the ACA last month, more than 1,500 US physicians responded regarding their preference for the law once the next Congress convenes in January 2013. Fifty-seven percent of respondents said they prefer the law be repealed altogether and new bipartisan initiatives undertaken, while 14% would keep the law but undertake major bipartisan revisions. Twenty-six percent favor keeping the law and “fine tuning” it over time. Only three percent of respondents answered “don’t know.”

“Our survey shows that a large majority of physicians are not in favor of the Affordable Care Act as it currently stands, and the political establishment should be more thoughtful and collaborative in its implementation,” says Richard W. Martin, a spokesman for Kantar Health. “By all indications physicians desire and can support healthcare reform legislation, they are just not in favor of the law as it has been passed.”

Kantar Health in conjunction with Sermo conducted this survey in the week immediately following the Supreme Court ruling.

About Kantar Health

Kantar Health is a global, evidence-based decision support partner to the world’s leading pharmaceutical, biotech, device and diagnostic companies. Our 700+ staff act as catalysts, working closely with customers to drive distinctive decision-making that helps them prioritize product development and portfolios, differentiate their brands and ensure product profitability after launch. We are unique in that we bring together clinical, medical and methodological expertise, commercial/marketing know-how and proprietary data. It is this rare combination, together with our unparalleled stakeholder reach, that enables us to mobilize incisive, imaginative and timely ROI-driven solutions, empowering clients to deliver better healthcare options to their customers.

With staff in over 40 countries, we excel at solving technically or logistically challenging projects around the world and across the product lifecycle, combining on-the-ground know-how and global and national proprietary data to quickly identify value drivers. As part of WPP, we can also incorporate highly innovative thinking from outside the industry into our solutions.

About Sermo, Inc.

Sermo is the largest online physician community in the United States, with more than 125,000 physicians spanning 68 specialties. All Sermo members are verified and credentialed physicians who collaborate on cases and exchange observations to improve patient care, discuss drugs and devices and share information on new therapies and innovations. Sermo also provides a way to target and engage physicians by providing access to its community for clients that need fast, actionable insights into treatments, medications and devices.

Contact Information

For more information on Kantar Health, please contact Paula Paradise, Vice President of Global Marketing, at paula.paradise@kantarhealth.com or +1-484-442-1431.

For more information on Sermo, Inc., please contact Jon Michaeli, Vice President of Marketing and Membership, at jmichaeli@Sermo.com or