Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Majority Of Doctors Now Support Nationalized Health Care

The debate for national health care isn't new in this country. Way back at the tail end of the New Deal era, President Truman tried to initiate a national health care plan like our brethren in Europe did at the time but the AMA helped to crush that in its infancy by "reaching out" to their doctors. Since then health care has become corporatized and we all know how that has been going. The insurance industry has also added considerable woes to the way medicine is practiced and not only patients have begun to realize it.

From RawStory:

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.

"Many claim to speak for physicians and represent their views. We asked doctors directly and found that, contrary to conventional wisdom, most doctors support national health insurance," said Dr. Aaron Carroll of the Indiana University School of Medicine, who led the study.

"As doctors, we find that our patients suffer because of increasing deductibles, co-payments, and restrictions on patient care," said Dr. Ronald Ackermann, who worked on the study with Carroll. "More and more, physicians are turning to national health insurance as a solution to this problem."

It is the solution to this problem. Clearly the "free market" has done nothing but enrich a few corporate executives at the top of the health industry food chain and penalized the rest of us as a result. It is time to make a change and a nationalized health care system is that change.