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    Doctors Warm To Single-Payer Health Care

    By Rachel Bluth August 16, 2017

    Single-payer health care is still a controversial idea in the U.S., but a majority of physicians are moving to support it, a new survey finds.

    Fifty-six percent of doctors registered either strong support or were somewhat supportive of a single-payer health system, according to the survey by Merritt Hawkins, a physician recruitment firm. In its 2008 survey, opinions ran the opposite way — 58 percent opposed single-payer. What’s changed?

    Red tape, doctors tell Merritt Hawkins. Phillip Miller, the firm’s vice president of communications, said that in the thousands of conversations its employees have with doctors each year, physicians often say they are tired of dealing with billing and paperwork, which takes time away from patients.

    “Physicians long for the relative clarity and simplicity of single-payer. In their minds, it would create less distractions, taking care of patients — not reimbursement,” Miller said.

    Doctors Warm To Single-Payer Health Care | Kaiser Health News

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    My Doctor supports it.

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    From another survey:

    A new poll of more than one thousand Chicago-area physicians finds that a majority support a universal, single-payer health system and an overwhelming number reject the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican House plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Chicagoland physicians prefer a single-payer plan two-to-one over the ACA, and three-to-one over the AHCA. By similar margins, physicians believe that improved Medicare for all is a preferable health financing system over both the ACA and the AHCA. The study was conducted in April and May by the Chicago Medical Society, which represents 17,000 physicians serving more than five million patients in the Chicago area.

    New survey shows a majority of Chicago-area doctors support Medicare for all | Physicians for a National Health Program
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    My doctor favors it but concedes she would like to see massive changes in the entire medical school system. The way they control the number of students admitted down to the cost. She went in from the service and had much of her med school debt paid for but todays kids are on the hook for massive amounts at exorbitant interest rates. She has said they should be addressed together both for affordability and access purposes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    My doctor favors it but concedes she would like to see massive changes in the entire medical school system. The way they control the number of students admitted down to the cost. She went in from the service and had much of her med school debt paid for but todays kids are on the hook for massive amounts at exorbitant interest rates. She has said they should be addressed together both for affordability and access purposes.
    Free tuition at public schools for those who qualify would be one solution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    My Doctor supports it.
    Sure would make a Doctors life easier. Their Accountants have to work with all the different insurance companies.
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    Imagine, they could practice medicine based on what needs to be done, not what the insurance companies will reimburse. And also not have to deal with all the paperwork and approvals required for the insurance companies. Of course it is better
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    Quote Originally Posted by labrea View Post
    Free tuition at public schools for those who qualify would be one solution.
    I would even be willing to forgive loans if they serve communities that are poor or too distant. I know Canada does that if med students agree to fulfill obligations at First Nations villages. I doubt if free tuition would go over too big considering who gets into medical school in the first place is usually reserved for children of surgeons, doctors and such. Not all of them need free tuition. Its often a legacy industry, with generations in the mix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    I would even be willing to forgive loans if they serve communities that are poor or too distant. I know Canada does that if med students agree to fulfill obligations at First Nations villages. I doubt if free tuition would go over too big considering who gets into medical school in the first place is usually reserved for children of surgeons, doctors and such. Not all of them need free tuition. Its often a legacy industry, with generations in the mix.
    So much for equal opportunity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by labrea View Post
    So much for equal opportunity.
    Many American colleges and universities are like that. One can get in easier if their parent or grandparent went there. Even more assured if they are alumni donors. No college is going to risk cutting that off. Dartmouth got 285 million from alumni last year, you can bet their kids get to go there as well. When you consider that's on top of tuition that's staggering amounts.

    Dartmouth fundraising tops $285 million in last year
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