Americans Prefer Physicians for Their Care

A nationally representative survey of Americans by Ipsos finds that:

  • Nearly three-quarters (72 percent) prefer physicians over non-physicians for their medical care.
  • Nine in 10 (90 percent) would choose a physician to lead their ‘ideal medical team’ if given the choice.
  • By margins greater than 2-to-1, physicians and family physicians are seen as more knowledgeable, experienced, trusted and up-to-date on medical advances than non-physicians.

For more information on the results of the survey, explore the content linked below.

  • Press Release: Americans Overwhelmingly Prefer Physicians for Their Medical Care

    Nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of Americans and 81 percent of opinion leaders prefer to receive their medical care from a physician rather than a non-physician provider, according to a new, nationally representative survey conducted by Ipsos on health care and health care providers. This majority opinion holds true regardless of a respondent’s age, gender, race, partisan affiliation or opinion of the Affordable Care Act.

  • Infographic: Americans United in Preference for Physicians(1 MB PDF)

    This infographic highlights the findings of the Ipsos survey, which shows 9 out of 10 American adults want a physician to lead their medical team.

  • Video: Reid Blackwelder, MD, on Ipsos Survey

    AAFP President Reid Blackwelder, MD, discusses the results of the new Ipsos survey in this video. Blackwelder says the survey validates what family physicians have been experiencing in their practices: Primary care is becoming more complex, and family physicians' extensive training is consequently more important than ever.