Poll: 3 out of 4 doctors want a public option

Physicians see a public option as important part of health reform

According to a new poll published in yesterday’s New England Journal of Medicine and reported on National Public Radio, 63 percent of the nation’s doctors want health care reform to include a public option, while another 10 percent would go even further, endorsing a single-payer plan.

Dropping Medicare age requirements

Furthermore, nearly 60 percent of physicians asked favor dropping the age for Medicare to 55.

Current system unpopular with doctors

Only 27 percent would elect to keep America’s current for-profit private health insurance  system as is. The United States is the only industrialized nation that makes it legal for private for-profit companies to provide primary health care insurance. Many countries have a mix of public and private non-profit options.

 

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