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04-02-08, 08:16 AM
Universal Health Care Supported by MDs

Category: Medicine
This is something that has been brewing for a while. I noticed a trend among medical students, over the years, with increasing numbers of them expressing support for universal health care in the USA.

Now it is official. A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine today (1 April 2008) indicates that, for the first time, a majority of US physicians now express support for universal health care coverage.

It isn't even particularly close. In 2002, 49 percent of physicians supported national health insurance; 40 percent opposed it. But in six years, the numbers have changed a lot: 59% support it; 32% are opposed. The percentage of undecided shrank, from 21 to 19 percent; the number in support grew by 10 percentage points...

The support varied by specialty:

The Indiana survey found that 83 percent of psychiatrists, 69 percent of emergency medicine specialists, 65 percent of pediatricians, 64 percent of internists, 60 percent of family physicians and 55 percent of general surgeons favor a national health insurance plan.

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