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How many doctors want a public option?

OAKLAND, CA -- At its Triennial Convention in San Francisco on Friday, October 2, the Union of American Physicians & Dentists (UAPD), an affiliate of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the AFL-CIO, will announce the results of an internal survey that shows that union doctors overwhelming support offering a public option as part of health care reform.

More than 80% of UAPD doctors consider some form of public health insurance to be the best plan for American health care.

In releasing the survey results, UAPD is calling on Congress to stand up to insurance industry opposition and include a robust public option in national health care reform legislation. Joining union leaders from UAPD and AFSCME on Friday will be Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, a long-time advocate for health care reform.

There are 6000 members

 
sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 4:18 PM on Oct. 2, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • You know I found the two doctors on Fox very humorous. If you really want to talk to a doctor a who is really their for the benefit of their patients, like a General Practitioner, Family Practice or Pediatrician. You might not want to put two guys in specialties that are notorious for being outrageously over priced, Orthopedic Surgeon and Urologist, on TV. I also got a kick out of their "Million Med March" yeah I think they were a little short on that goal.
    lori232

    Answer by lori232 at 6:42 PM on Oct. 2, 2009

  • From San Francisco, the first and only city to offer universal health care through its Healthy San Francisco program, UAPD doctors will speak from their own experiences treating patients in a variety of clinical settings -- from their private practices to clinics, hospitals, and public institutions.

    The doctors will also discuss their plans for action in concert with a new, nationwide campaign by AFL-CIO labor unions beginning this week. They will detail how providers will work to maximize their voice in the national debate before and after the passage of reform legislation.



    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 4:18 PM on Oct. 2, 2009

  • i wondered this question too... just wondering about the UAPD i've never heard about it but it says there are only 6000 members or did i read that wrong? is the UAPD the doctors that accept medicaid/medi cal?
    pookipoo

    Answer by pookipoo at 4:23 PM on Oct. 2, 2009

  • oh 6000 from san francisco :p it got cut off hehe
    pookipoo

    Answer by pookipoo at 4:24 PM on Oct. 2, 2009

  • How doctors feel about health care reform, we pass on the reasons given for supporting or opposing the government's plans.

    All told, 1,376 practicing physicians responded to our questionnaire mailed Aug. 28. Nearly 65% opposed government proposals then under consideration, and 33% were in favor. Two percent didn't answer.

    Two-thirds of the reasons cited for opposing the government's plans fell into four categories. Twenty-four percent were directed at the government itself — that it has a poor record in running major programs, for example, or that it would interfere too much in the doctor-patient relationship.

    Another 16% cited the proposals' cost and the impact on the federal deficit and debt. Each of two other concerns garnered 14% — quality of care and a lack of limits on physicians' exposure to malpractice lawsuits.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:26 PM on Oct. 2, 2009

  • Seventy-two percent of the reasons in favor of reform also fell into four categories. A too-long-neglected need to cover uninsured and underinsured Americans was cited by 22%. Seventeen percent simply said health care is a right, not a privilege.

    Another 17% said the current system either doesn't work or is "unsustainable," and that any system would be better. Sixteen percent said reform is needed to make insurers more accountable and competitive.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:26 PM on Oct. 2, 2009

  • I think there are about 6000 total. I posted another poll a few weeks ago from the New England Journal of medicine where more than 60% were for it and that poll was of about 2100.

    This is an even larger poll
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 4:26 PM on Oct. 2, 2009

  • Nice try Sweet. What is this? The 5th time you post this biased garbage?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:28 PM on Oct. 2, 2009

  • All told, 1,376 practicing physicians responded to our questionnaire mailed Aug. 28. Nearly 65% opposed government proposals then under consideration, and 33% were in favor. Two percent didn't answer.


    I posted two polls with larger groups, this poll was actually discredited weeks ago
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 4:28 PM on Oct. 2, 2009

  • Nice try Sweet. What is this? The 5th time you post this biased garbage?


    Nope, first, I posted another poll


    A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) study published in Monday's New England Journal of Medicine shows that 63 percent of physicians 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. Only 27 percent support a private-only reform that would provide subsidies for low-income individuals to purchase private insurance.


    Surveying a nationally representative sample of 2,130 physicians across America, researchers


    Here is the one I posted previously

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 4:30 PM on Oct. 2, 2009

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