POLL RESULTS: Specialty Physicians Strongly Oppose Government Run Health Care

Garrett Murch
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Posted: Aug 19, 2009 2:27 PM
Surprise, surprise...or, not really.  Apparently not all doctors are part of the AMA after all...  Are the Dems going to move on from insurance companies and start attacking doctors now?

Here are the findings of a new poll of specialty physicians conducted by Wilson Research Strategies.

An overwhelming number of specialty physicians oppose President Obama’s and the Democratic Congress’ health care plan.

o   We asked specialty physicians the following question

As you may have heard, President Obama and the Democrats in Congress have introduced legislation that would change our healthcare system.  Based on what you’ve heard about their proposals, do you support or oppose their proposals?

o   Seven-in-ten (70%) specialty physicians oppose the Democratic plan compared to just 30% who support it.

o   A majority (54%) of specialty physicians strongly oppose the plan.

 

Majorities of specialty physicians in all parts of the country oppose the plan.

o   Opposition is most intense in the Midwest with 61% of specialty physicians strongly opposed to the plan and a total of 70% opposed to the plan.

o   More than seven-in-ten specialty physicians oppose the plan in the Northeast (76%) and the West (72%).

o   Opposition is slightly lower in the South, but even in that region 60% of specialty physicians oppose the Obama/Democratic plan.

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Specialty physicians believe a government-run insurance plan would hinder their ability to give their best advice and offer the best care to their patients.

o   Two-thirds (66%) of specialty physicians believe a government-run insurance plan would hinder patient care.

o   Specialty physicians in the Western U.S. are particularly concerned about the effects of a government-run insurance plan on their ability to care for their patients with 72% saying such a plan would hurt patient care.

 

Specialty physicians would not accept new patients who are part of a government-run insurance plan.

o   Three-in-five (60%) specialty physicians say they would not accept new patients who are part of a government-run insurance plan.