Thursday, September 10, 2009

WI Doctors want health reform, universal care

A lot of politicians against health care reform often state that a national health insurance would get between you and your doctor.

But for some reason, Wisconsin doctors support such a plan.

A majority of Wisconsin doctors (54 percent) support a national health insurance plan, similar to the proposed public option. Even more (55 percent) "support incremental reform toward universal coverage." The number was even higher for primary care physicians, of which 65 percent support a nationally-run insurance program.

Only 37 percent of doctors overall were opposed to a national insurance plan, with only one-fourth disapproving of eventual universal coverage. Specialists were the largest group to oppose reform, with 46.3 percent in opposition.

However, a similar number of specialists (46.2 percent) supported reform as well.

So what does this mean? Do Wisconsin doctors, as Republicans would like you to think, want someone to get between you and...themselves?

More likely, Wisconsin doctors can see through the lies that politicians against reform continue to perpetuate; they have seen how well universal health care works in other countries; and they are likely concerned with the infant mortality rates of the U.S. compared to other countries (6.2 per 1,000 births, compared to 2.75 for Sweden, 3.33 for France, and even 5.82 for Cuba), as well as the overall World Health Rankings (the U.S. ranks 37, with Sweden at 23, France at number 1, and Cuba just two spots below America).

If you're concerned over what your doctor has to say on universal care, ask them. More likely than not, your doctor is going to support such a system. And if it's good enough for them, shouldn't it be good enough for you?

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