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April 1, 2008

59% OF DOCTORS FAVOR SINGLE PAYER SYSTEM THAT OBAMA & CLINTON ARE AFRAID TO ENDORSE

PHYSICIANS FOR A NATIONAL HEALTHCARE PROGRAM - Reflecting a shift in thinking over the past five years among U.S. physicians, a new study shows a solid majority of doctors - 59 percent - now supports national health insurance. Such plans typically involve a single, federally administered social insurance fund that that guarantees health care coverage for everyone, much like Medicare currently does for seniors. The plans typically eliminate or substantially reduce the role of private insurance companies in the health care financing system, but still allow patients to go the doctors of their choice.

A study published Annals of Internal Medicine, a leading medical journal, reports that a survey conducted last year of 2,193 physicians across the United States showed 59 percent of them "support government legislation to establish national health insurance," while 32 percent oppose it and 9 percent are neutral.

The findings reflect a leap of 10 percentage points in physician support for national health insurance since 2002, when a similar survey was conducted. At that time, 49 percent of all physician respondents said they supported NHI and 40 percent opposed it.

Support among doctors for NHI has increased across almost all medical specialties, said Dr. Ronald T. Ackermann, associate director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research at Indiana University 's School of Medicine and co-author of the study. "Across the board, more physicians feel that our fragmented and for-profit insurance system is obstructing good patient care, and a majority now support national insurance as the remedy," he said.

Support for NHI is particularly strong among psychiatrists (83 percent), pediatric sub-specialists (71 percent), emergency medicine physicians (69 percent), general pediatricians (65 percent), general internists (64 percent) and family physicians (60 percent). Fifty-five percent of general surgeons support NHI, roughly doubling their level of support since 2002.

Doctors have often expressed concern about lack of patient access to care due to rising costs and patients' insufficient levels of insurance. An estimated 47 million Americans currently lack health insurance coverage and another 50 million are believed to be underinsured. At the same time, health care costs in the United States are rising at the rate of about 7 percent a year, twice the rate of inflation.


4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You think either of them gives a f**k about what *doctors* favor?

Ask them what the billion-dollar health insurance industry favors. Or their megabuck corporate contributors. That's whose *favor* these two are concerned about currying.

April 1, 2008 6:32 PM  
Blogger JaaJoe said...

This study is 100% Bunk! The doctors who did this study also conducted one in 2002 and found that the majority of doctors did not want national health care, the problem with this is that the 2 question surveys drastically differ in there 2nd question. I found this article, 60% of Physicians Surveyed Oppose Switching to a National Health Care Plan, It's worth a read.

April 9, 2008 3:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe is right...This study used bad methodology with misleading results. The researchers did not properly validate the tool they used. Most physicians do NOT support Single Payer National Health Insurance. This monopoly would harm the quality of care and it is a violation of freedom that we cherish in this country.

Dr. CWH

November 4, 2008 2:12 PM  
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