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

'm President," Sen. Obama promising that, "The time has come for universal, affordable health care in America," and Sen. McCain declaring that government's role in health care should be limited to kick-starting a competitive marketplace so that people can buy their own insurance.

Should the U.S. create a national plan? More than half of the respondents felt so, but with options to purchase additional coverage and higher benefits privately. A minority of respondents (28%) would prefer to preserve existing coverage plans and extend benefits to those that are currently without coverage. Only 5% of the interviewed healthcare professionals would like to see no changes in the current system.

At least three-fourths of the respondents agree that both children and elders who are citizens should receive government-subsidized coverage, but only one-third then agree that elders who are residents should receive it. Respondents from all political backgrounds (Democrat, Republican or Independent) mostly agree with coverage for citizens. However self-reported Democrats are almost two to three times more likely as Republicans to endorse government-subsidized coverage for residents, even when it pertains to children.

If a national plan were offered, healthcare professionals would like it to be flexible, and 62% of the respondents declared that individuals should be able to opt out. "For those patients who can afford a higher private plan, they should be able to opt out, but everyone should have proof of insurance," adds an oncologist from Sacramento, CA. On the subject of how this plan should be funded, a majority (61%) of respondents from the Democratic side would prefer financing by taxes, as opposed to Republicans, who would prefer an employer-plus employee or employee-only funding.

Medimix International also asked the healthcare professionals what would be the main area of concern if a universal coverage plan were adopted. Of the Republican camp, 69% o
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