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September 15, 2009

DOCTORS OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT PUBLIC OPTION

NPR - When polled, "nearly three-quarters of physicians supported some form of a public option, either alone or in combination with private insurance options," says Dr. Salomeh Keyhani. She and Dr. Alex Federman, both internists and researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, conducted a random survey, by mail and by phone, of 2,130 doctors. They surveyed them from June right up to early September.

Most doctors - 63 percent - say they favor giving patients a choice that would include both public and private insurance. . . In addition, another 10 percent of doctors say they favor a public option only; they'd like to see a single-payer health care system. Together, the two groups add up to 73 percent.

When the American public is polled, anywhere from 50 to 70 percent favor a public option. So that means that when compared to their patients, doctors are bigger supporters of a public option. . .

The survey even found widespread support for a public option among doctors who are members of the American Medical Association, a group that's opposed to it. The AMA fears a public option eventually could lead to government putting more limits on doctors' fees.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This NPR report on two amateur pollsters' results is contradicted by an IBD/TIPP professional polling report here ... http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=337993973850542

65% of doctors polled "oppose" the proposed health care plan. Additionally 45% of those polled said they would consider closing their practices or retiring early if the reforms now under consideration were enacted.

September 17, 2009 12:35 AM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

Ah yes, Investors Business Daily.

No doubt they conducted their survey by telephone.

September 17, 2009 6:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read the article.

It was "a mailed questionnaire" rather than a telephone survey.

September 17, 2009 1:48 PM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

So you're too young for the telephone reference to mean anything to you.

It's one of the great failures in polling: to determine whether Dewey or Truman would be elected in '48, the organisation polled prospective voters. But they did it by telephone, badly skewing the sample in favor of the wealthy. Needless to say, their result didn't reflect reality.

For broadly the same reason, the IBD result also doesn't reflect reality.

September 18, 2009 5:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry ... I took your remark at face value.

As I wrote, IBD/Tipp used a MAILED Questionnaire rather than a telephone survey.

Why does a MAILED survey by a professional polling organization not reflect reality while a MAIL & TELEPHONE survey by two amateurs does reflect reality.

Obviously I and others are confused.

September 19, 2009 4:25 AM  

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