62.9% of Physicians Nationwide Support Public Insurance Option

by Ben Hoffman

A RWJF survey summarized in the September 14, 2009 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine shows that 62.9 percent of physicians nationwide support proposals to expand health care coverage that include both public and private insurance options—where people under the age of 65 would have the choice of enrolling in a new public health insurance plan (like Medicare) or in private plans. The survey shows that just 27.3 percent of physicians support a new program that does not include a public option and instead provides subsidies for low-income people to purchase private insurance. Only 9.6 percent of doctors nationwide support a system where a Medicare-like public program is created in lieu of any private insurance. A majority of physicians (58%) also support expanding Medicare eligibility to those between the ages of 55 and 64.

In every region of the country, a majority of physicians supported a combination of public and private options, as did physicians who identified themselves as primary care providers, surgeons, or other medical subspecialists. Among those who identified themselves as members of the American Medical Association, 62.2 percent favored both the public and private options.

http://www.rwjf.org/healthreform/quality/product.jsp?id=48408

Public support for a public option is at 77%
http://www.surveyusa.com/client/PollReport.aspx?g=5ba17aa2-f1b9-4445-a6b8-62b9d1ba8693

If we don’t get a public option, our democracy is in serious trouble.

2 Comments to “62.9% of Physicians Nationwide Support Public Insurance Option”

  1. As a nurse, I can tell you that well over 80% of nurses I know also support single payer health care, at the very least, a strong public option. My Doctors also support single payer health care, except for one surgeon that says if we get single payer health care, we will have rationed care.

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