US doctors support universal health care - survey

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    "As doctors, we find that our patients suffer because of increasing deductibles, co-payments, and restrictions on patient care," said Dr. Ronald Ackermann, who worked on the study with Carroll. "More and more, physicians are turning to national health insurance as a solution to this problem."

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    The United States has no single organized health care system. Instead it relies on a patchwork of insurance provided by the federal and state governments to the elderly, poor, disabled and to some children, along with private insurance and employer-sponsored plans.

    Many other countries have national plans, including Britain, France and Canada, and several studies have shown the United States spends more per capita on health care, without achieving better results for patients.

    An estimated 47 million people have no insurance coverage at all, meaning they must pay out of their pockets for health care or skip it.

    Contenders in the election for president in November all have proposed various changes, but none of the major party candidates has called for a fully national health plan.

    Insurance companies, retailers and other employers have joined forces with unions and other interest groups to propose their own plans.

    "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," Ackermann said in a statement.

    The Indiana survey found that 83 percent of psychiatrists, 69 percent of emergency medicine specialists, 65 percent of pediatricians, 64 percent of internists, 60 percent of family physicians and 55 percent of general surgeons favor a national health insurance plan.

    The researchers said they believe the survey was representative of the 800,000 U.S. medical doctors. (Reporting by Maggie Fox; Editing by Will Dunham and Xavier Briand)

    US doctors support universal health care - survey | Reuters
     
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    What could doctors possibly know about the state of healthcare?
     
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    If doctors really cared, they'd charge less and not try to inflate the costs with unnecessary test. Hmm?
     
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    Yeah, I don't doubt it.

    And if I were a diamond salesman I'd support the universal diamond ring law, too.

    Now if the survey had asked them how they feel about universal health care paid for, in part, by reducing their wages, I'm guessing that the findings of this survey might have been somewhat different.
     
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    Most likely ... they're happy as long as they can keep buying yachts they never use.
     
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    No. Think GM and Chrysler. Massive job losses in healthcare. Providers too.

    And the drones here will applaud wildly.

    Until they have to wait for a procedure or don't get it at all.
     
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    From a business and economic standpoint? Not a damned thing more than anyone else does. Having worked in doctors' offices before, I can tell you that they are like anyone else with an advanced degree: brilliant within their chosen field (which in this case would be anatomy, physiology, treatments, and whatever their medical specialty is), and no more informed than the average Joe about other things. In fact, they're often less informed, because they spend so much of their energy and attention on their specialty.
     
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    Your impression of doctors would be rather comical if it were not so sad.
     

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