Graduation Year

Spring 2011

Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

David Bjerk

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In March of 2010, the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, signed into law a health care reform bill that will change the medical and business approach to healthcare that has been witnessed for quite some time. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aims to eliminate several inefficiencies encountered in our current health care system, as well as extend coverage by providing affordable care for the roughly forty six million Americans currently uninsured. Many of the changes will be implemented over the next several years, but hospitals, businesses, physicians, and insurance companies are no doubt planning ahead for the effects these changes will have on their particular industry. Although there will be many facets of change affecting all of the previously mentioned occupancies, the goal of this paper is to investigate the effect healthcare reform will have on private medical practices in the United States. The following sections will cover ways in which medicine has been practiced in the pre-reform era, historical attempts made to pass health reform legislation, several of the issues our current system faces along with the reform changes implemented to fix them. Then I will investigate the effect these changes will have, if any, and conclude by relating everything back to independent medical practices.