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Two of every three practicing physicians oppose the medical overhaul plan under consideration in Washington, and hundreds of thousands would think about shutting down their practices or retiring early if it were adopted, a new IBD/TIPP Poll has found.
The poll contradicts the claims of not only the White House, but also doctors' own lobby — the powerful American Medical Association — both of which suggest the medical profession is behind the proposed overhaul.
It also calls into question whether an overhaul is even doable; 72% of the doctors polled disagree with the administration's claim that the government can cover 47 million more people with better-quality care at lower cost.
New England Journal of Medicine shows that a majority of physicians (63 percent) support a health reform proposal that includes both a public option and traditional private insurance. If the additional 10 percent of doctors who support an entirely public health system are included, then approximately three out of four physicians nationwide support inclusion of a public option. A minority (27 percent) support a private-only option that would provide subsidies for low-income individuals to purchase private insurance.
Originally posted by dooper
They wouldn't have to quit, but instead close their clinics and work for cash only.
Believe me, anything that's in short supply, there's always someone who will pay.
I can see private clinics staffed with private doctors that would be joined by invitation only, and the public drones would be left to the public option.
Which is - no option.
I've already talked to a few about this, and they really liked the idea, and you don't actually have to call a private hospital if it's not identified as a hospital.
It's like a private club where the government has no business intruding, other than seeing that building safety codes are enforced.