At least one form of health reform is getting high marks from consumers.
Massachusetts residents say they’re satisfied with their health care under the state’s 2006 reform law, though costs and appointment wait times remain an issue, according to a new poll.
The majority (84 percent) expressed satisfaction with their health care, saying they have good access to care and good quality, according to the Massachusetts Medical Society, a statewide physician group that conducted the poll.
The poll sheds light on how Massachusetts residents have adjusted to the state’s reform since it became law in 2006.
The law was the brainchild of then-Gov. Mitt Romney. President Obama said he used the law as a template for his Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, though Romney insisted there were differences between the two, and said during his presidential campaign that he would repeal Obamacare if elected.
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While satisfaction is high under Massachusetts’ health reform law, PPACA has struggled to win over the public. Though it has yet to be fully implemented, approval of the law is at its lowest since its passage in 2010.
Massachusetts Medical Society’s survey suggested that state’s law also is far from perfect.
Massachusetts Medical Society President Ronald Dunlap said that though the survey has a lot of good news for patients and doctors, it hints at “warning signs.”