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    Affordable Care Act: A work in progress

    Ophthalmologists must emphasize how vision care results in savings by improving patient quality of life

     

    Research

    The effect of the ACA on research is uncertain. Sequestration appears to be having more of an effect due to decreased support for the National Institutes of Health, he explained.

    “The ACA is emphasizing outcomes research, which may impact traditional research, the area where we have made our groundbreaking discoveries,” Dr. Clarkson said.

    The ACA model

    Institution of the so-called “Romney Care” appears to have had a positive effect in Massachusetts. Ninety-eight percent of the state’s population has medical coverage, the rate of increases in medical expenses has decreased, and health care is the largest employer in the state. In fact, recent analysis indicates that having more people insured has improved the health of the population of Massachusetts.

    On the heels of that observation, the AMA Morning Rounds reported in early May 2014 that a study reported in The New York Times found the death rate in Massachusetts dropped substantially since the law was enacted in 2006—a 3% decrease during the first 4 years.1

    Although ophthalmology administrators indicate sequestration has negatively impacted research funding, that is not the case for clinical ophthalmology.

    “Academic and private practice ophthalmologists believe they are better off than before ‘Romney Care’ began,” Dr. Clarkson said.

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