What Do Doctors Think About Health Care Reform?

Poll Finds Most Doctors Support Public Option

by Joseph Shapiro

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 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…Read More

Doctors on Coverage — Physicians’ Views on a New Public Insurance Option and Medicare Expansion

Salomeh Keyhani, M.D., M.P.H., and Alex Federman, M.D., M.P.H.

In the past few months, a key point of contention in the health care reform debate has been whether a public health insurance option should be included in the final legislation. Although polls have shown that 52 to 69% of Americans support such an option,1 the views of physicians are unclear. Physicians are critical stakeholders in health care reform and have been influential in shaping health policy throughout the history of organized medicine in the United States.2

The voices of physicians in the current debate have emanated almost exclusively from national physicians’ groups and societies. Like any special-interest group, these organizations claim to represent their members (and often nonmembers as well). The result is a well-established understanding of the interests of physicians’ societies but little, if any, understanding of views among physicians in general. Faced with this absence of empirical data, we conducted a national survey of physicians to inform federal policymakers about physicians’ views of proposed expansions of health care coverage…Read More

AMA open to government-funded health insurance option

(CNN) — The new president of the American Medical Association, which represents the interests of the nation’s doctors, said Wednesday the group is open to a government-funded health insurance option for people without coverage.

Dr. J. James Rohack told CNN the AMA supports an “American model” that includes both “a private system and a public system, working together.”

In May, the AMA told a Senate committee it did not support a government-sponsored public health insurance option…Read More

Dr. Rohack, President of the AMA: The Status Quo Is Unacceptable

This morning, the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee held a forum to highlight the urgent need for comprehensive health insurance reform. Rep. John Dingell asks J. James Rohack, MD, President of the American Medical Association (AMA), about the AMA’s thoughts on America’s Affordable Health Choices Act.

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One Response

  1. I’m only a country doctor, but I hope will read my post on this subject today.

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