Poll Finds Most Doctors Support Public Option

Hrmph.. Fucking socialists.

Among all the players in the health care debate, doctors may be the least understood about where they stand on some of the key issues around changing the health care system. Now, a new survey finds some surprising results: A large majority of doctors say there should be a public option.

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. That’s the position of President Obama and of many congressional Democrats. 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.

(via Gerry Canavan)

3 Comments

  1. This made me realize it would be a good thing for there to be a list of Doctors that want Private Options only. I’d hate to think my Doctor is a Frank Burns…

  2. Why would the poll result be surprising? if i’d have been a doctor, i would have never admitted to be for private-only options.

    It’s like asking a serial killer if he is going to kill again if he is set free. The answer is of course “no.”

    What is surprising is that, there are 27% doctors that are too stupid to even answer the question correctly. That would be the reason for not going to them.

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