Survey Shows Majority of Physicians Support Public Plan Option
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Friday, September 18, 2009
A large majority of U.S. physicians support a government-run public plan option, according to the results of a national survey published on Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Results show that 63% of physicians said they favor giving patients the option of a public plan in addition to private insurance options, while 10% said they favor the public plan only -- adding up to 73% in total support for a public option.
The survey also found support among physicians who are members of the American Medical Association (AMA). In addition, the survey indicates that compared with patients, doctors are larger supporters of a public option. The authors of the report said that doctors already have experience with government-run health care in the form of Medicare.
View the survey results on the NEJM Web site.