Navigation Links
Majority of U.S. Doctors Back National Insurance Plan
Date:4/1/2008

Survey finds 59% feel fragmented system is obstructing good patient care

MONDAY, March 31 (HealthDay News) -- A majority of American doctors now support the concept of national health insurance, which represents a shift in thinking over the past five years, a new survey finds.

Typically, national health insurance plans involve a single, federally administered social insurance fund that guarantees health coverage for everyone. In most cases, these plans eliminate or substantially reduce the role of private insurance companies.

A survey conducted last year of 2,193 physicians across the United States found that 59 percent support "government legislation to establish national health insurance," while 32 percent oppose it, and 9 percent are neutral. In 2002, a similar survey found that 49 percent of physicians supported the concept, while 40 percent opposed it.

"Many claim to speak for physicians and reflect their views. We asked doctors directly and found that, contrary to conventional wisdom, most doctors support the government creating national health insurance," study author Dr. Aaron E. Carroll, director of Indiana University's Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research, said in a prepared statement.

The new findings were included in a study published March 31 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Support for national health insurance has increased across all medical specialties, said study co-author Dr. Ronald T. Ackermann, associate director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research at Indiana University's School of Medicine.

"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 prepared statement.

The strongest support for NHI is among psychiatrists (83 percent), pediatric sub-specialists (71 percent), emergency medicine physicians (69 percent), general pediatricians (65 percent), general internists (64 percent), and family physicians (60 percent). About 55 percent of general surgeons support NIH, roughly double their level of support in 2002.

About 47 million Americans lack health insurance coverage, and it's believed another 50 million are underinsured. Health-care costs in the United States are increasing about 7 percent a year, twice the rate of inflation. Many doctors are concerned about these issues, according to background information in the study.

Last December, the 124,000-member American College of Physicians -- the nation's largest medical specialty group -- endorsed a single-payer national health insurance program.

More information

The American College of Emergency Physicians discusses uninsured patients' access to care.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Indiana University, news release, March 31, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Indiana University study finds majority of US physicians favor national health insurance
2. New Home Safety Council(R) Research Shows the Majority of Families Underestimate the Danger of Poisoning Exposure at Home
3. New National Poll: Majority of American Voters Oppose Bush Administrations Proposed Cuts to Medicare
4. Overwhelming Majority of Michigan Residents Favors Individual Health Insurance Market Reforms Supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
5. Pharmacists Press Conference Urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to Fix Flawed Medicaid Drug Reimbursement Rule
6. Majority of IsoTis Stockholders Vote for Integra Acquisition
7. New Survey Shows Majority of Employers Rank Smoking as One of Their Greatest Priority Health Issues, But Only 2 Percent Provide Comprehensive Smoking Cessation Benefits for Employees
8. Majority of House of Representatives Support Common-Sense Fix to Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan
9. Maryland Pharmacists Urge House Majority Leader Hoyer to Put Patients First
10. DaVita Acquires Majority Stake in HomeChoice Partners, Inc.
11. Majority of 2.4 Million U.S. Children With ADHD Not Diagnosed or Consistently Treated, According to New Gold Standard Study by Cincinnati Childrens Researchers
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... ... Team Type 1 Foundation, a nonprofit organization pursuing a global mission of education, ... with a Microsoft Corp. employee-led hackathon team for the 2017 Microsoft One Week Hackathon ... 1’s mission overlaps seamlessly with Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organization ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... Falls Church, VA (PRWEB) , ... July 20, ... ... Improve Your Bottom Line, **An FDAnews Webinar**, Aug. 9, 2017 — 1:30 p.m. ... a secret weapon to passing inspections and boosting quality. , It’s known as ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... July 20, 2017 , ... The Business Architecture Guild® ... Knowledge (BIZBOK® Guide )v 6.0 is now available for member download. This release ... collaborative teams. , Non-members may download the Part 1 Introduction for free ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... July 19, 2017 , ... A local summer theatre ... funds raised to support fine arts programs in Chester County’s Elementary Schools. In ... University’s Loyd Auditorium. , More than 850 people attended the two performances, ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... 19, 2017 , ... Western University of Health Sciences College ... grant to train predoctoral dental students in providing care to vulnerable children ages ... , The Predoctoral Pediatric Training Project (PPTP), a five-year grant, recognizes the curriculum ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/10/2017)... July 10, 2017  The tenth annual BioPharm ... MA at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, September ... access to global decision makers and innovative biotech startup ... science leaders during two impactful days. BioPharm America is ... with additional networking opportunities with 4,500+ life science industry ...
(Date:7/5/2017)... of over 2,000 employees and a leader in environmental and life science testing, ... position as the top American owned and operated environmental testing firm in ... ... The ... , enhances Pace Analytical,s capability as an innovative full service provider in the ...
(Date:6/30/2017)... POINT, N.C. , June 29, 2017  Axium Pharmaceuticals Inc. ... for developing improved novel formulations and alternative dosage forms of ... ... delivery is based on our waterless self-nano emulsifying formula, which ... contact with saliva. We believe the spray will provide fast ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: