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

f the healthcare professionals shared concerns about too much government control and high taxes, while the Democrats were mainly concerned about potentially long waits or difficulty in being seen by specialists. The fear of long waits was particularly important among pharmacists, while medical doctors were mostly concerned about high taxes and too much government control.

When asked if regulating managed care by limiting treatment options and patient choice would result in a reduction of healthcare costs, more than two-thirds of the respondents of all affiliations agreed that it would have an impact, although most of the general practitioners think the impact would be minimal.

Respondents were then presented five measures that might help control future medical costs and asked to rank them from the most effective to the least effective. The measures were: capping of doctors' salaries, enacting laws to prevent insurers from overcharging doctors for malpractice insurance, capping profits of the insurance companies who offer the coverage plans, increasing the use of generic drugs, and capping maximum damages awarded for malpractice. The most popular measure for healthcare professionals on the GOP side seems to be capping maximum damages awarded for malpractice, while a majority of the reported Democrats chose capping profits of the insurance companies who offer the coverage plans. Not surprisingly, capping doctors' salaries was the last choice for all respondents, right after increasing the use of generic drugs.

Respondents were asked to share any additional measures they thought might be effective to control costs. Among them, physicians insisted on the role of prevention (in particular, discouraging people from smoking), and specialists called for less bureaucracy. Emphasis was also placed on limiting frivolous lawsuits brought against physicians and pharmaceutical companies: "There is a big need to have a standardized medical malpractice court sy
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