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U.S. Healthcare Professionals Speak Out on Universal Healthcare and the Presidential Candidates' Platforms
Date:6/19/2008

Republican, Democrat or Independent - 93% Agree on the Necessity of

Healthcare Reform

NEW JERSEY, June 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an effort to gauge healthcare professionals' attitudes about universal coverage and the candidates' programs, Medimix International conducted an online survey among physicians and pharmacists across the U.S. A nationwide representative sample of 336 general practitioners, internal medicine specialists, oncologists, cardiologists and pharmacists were interviewed online from June 6-10th, 2008.

An overwhelming ninety-three percent of respondents agree with the claim that the nation needs an important reform of its healthcare system. Among the specialized doctors (cardiologists, oncologists, internal medicine), 52% go so far as to declare that they are in total agreement with that statement. Looking at political affiliation, among the respondents who recognize themselves as Democrats, up to 61% are in total agreement with a need for important reform, while the majority of the Republicans (57%) agree or somewhat agree with it.

While Canada, virtually all of Europe, Japan, and South Korea have adopted publicly-sponsored and regulated healthcare, the United States is the only wealthy, industrialized nation that has not implemented comprehensive coverage. Universal healthcare is defined as medical coverage extended to all citizens, and sometimes permanent residents, of a state or a country. With healthcare costs today representing 16% of U.S. GDP (four times the Defense budget), and projected to reach 19.5% within ten years, universal healthcare coverage has become an increasingly hot topic in the political arena.

The three front-runners of the presidential campaign took different positions on this subject, with ex-candidate Sen. Clinton vowing to make it a requirement that everyone participate in a universal health care plan. "We're going to have universal health care when I
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