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Signs of Progress -- 59% of Docs Support National Health Insurance

Signs of Progress -- 59% of Docs Support National Health Insurance

April 2, 2008

From Reuters:

More than half of U.S. doctors now favor switching to a national health care plan and fewer than a third oppose the idea, according to a survey published on Monday. The survey suggests that opinions have changed substantially since the last survey in 2002 and as the country debates serious changes to the health care system.

Of more than 2,000 doctors surveyed, 59 percent said they support legislation to establish a national health insurance program, while 32 percent said they opposed it, researchers reported in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. The 2002 survey found that 49 percent of physicians supported national health insurance and 40 percent opposed it.

Good progress. Wonder if this will have influence on the AMA and other physician groups which oppose a national plan and prefer tax credits and the like.