But experts say the expanded coverage could mean more practicing physicians will choose to retire early.
"They have been very vocal in saying, ‘Well, if it's going to require me to do more and be reimbursed less, that’s not a healthy formula,' said Dr. John Wieland.
Wieland just returned from a conference at the nation's capitol where more than 50,000 surgeons discussed the latest in medicine, including the Affordable Care Act.
"Those physicians may feel unbalanced, that it's not really worth it to make those monumental changes,” he explained.
The Affordable Care Act will require physicians to log records electronically, using tools like “eClinicalWorks.”
But Dr. Wieland says the time spent online could potentially take away from the doctor patient relationship.
"It’s not like a woe-is-me scenario, it's just that toward the end of your career, that interaction with a patient to me is more valuable than how many boxes I checked,” said Wieland.
The Affordable Care Act also centers around the expansion of Medicaid in Illinois.
"No one is going to hold a bake sale for physicians because their incomes have dropped, but, it's costing us more to deliver the care than to be reimbursed for the care,” Wieland explained.
While doctors say aging physicians might retire early, the Affordable Care Act won't keep students from pursuing this field.
"What really drives people to enter medical school is not the politics of medicine, but really the opportunity to take care of a patient,” said Dr. Sara Rusch.
The Regional Dean at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria says there’s a huge demand for students entering medical school.
While the health care system is being overhauled, by the time they enter the field, Rusch says the system will be in place.
"For new graduates, whatever they face is sort of going to be the way things are."