| Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 | Updated 7:28 PM EDT
You could call them the Affordable Care Act class. Incoming medical students at Quinnipiac University’s new medical school will graduate when the new law is fully in effect.
While they are beginning their studies they’re also very aware about the changes coming to the nation’s health care system.
“It’s opportunities as well as challenges,” said Benjamin Cramer, a Quinnipiac University medical student.
Cramer said a lot of questions remain about how ACA will impact patient care. He wants to open a clinic in a rural community, a region he sees as the most in need.
“Financially I’m not extremely concerned about how it will affect me personally but I am concerned about how it will affect my patients,” Cramer said.
He is concerned about patients who will still have a hard time accessing affordable insurance.
Students believe there are a lot of unknowns when it comes to the new law but some say it’s good thing to expand coverage.
“It’s very complex,” Daniell Vottalico said. “I think that some sort of change is needed and we have to start somewhere.”
Over the years, medical students nationwide have opted to enter into higher paying specialties, which has created a shortage of primary care doctors.
One of the missions at the new medical school at Quinnipiac University is to graduate more primary care doctors.
That happens to be the same goal of the Affordable Care Act. Supporters of the law believe that if there are more primary care physicians that could mean more patients will be able to get preventative care rather than expensive trips to the emergency room.
“The hope is for those of us who go that route is that there will be more support in general for primary care through the Affordable Care Act,” William Berger said.