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LocumTenens.com Reaps Mixed Reviews on Universal Healthcare
Date:10/3/2008

General surgeon salary survey shows 40 percent imagine negative income impact.

Alpharetta, GA (Vocus) October 3, 2008 -- Although the economy currently dominates both the news media and the presidential campaign, Americans still view healthcare reform as a top priority for the new president, according to recent survey results. But how do U.S. surgeons view the issue?

In its 2008 http://www.locumtenens.com/surgeon_comp08 [general surgeon salary survey], physician recruitment firm LocumTenens.com asked how general surgeons thought universal healthcare would affect their personal incomes. Among close to 200 respondents, only 17 percent said 'positively.' While 43 percent predicted universal healthcare would have no effect on their incomes, another 40 percent predicted a negative effect.

"Autonomy is one of physicians' hot-button issues and many of them think universal healthcare would mean greater government control and bureaucracy," LocumTenens.com Senior Vice President Pamela McKemie said. "However, a growing number seem to think it's a policy whose time has come, regardless of how it affects them personally."

Respondents to the LocumTenens.com general surgeon salary survey offered a mix of perspectives on universal healthcare, including these:

  • "It will be based on Medicare and we will all lose money."
  • "We need it no matter what my income does."
  • "Income would likely diminish even more as doctors are expected to provide care to more people at a decreased compensation rate in order to fund universal healthcare."
  • "My taxes might go up, but I'm certain that the increased number of paying patients would more than compensate. Universal healthcare would be very good for t
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