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What Do Doctors Think Of McCain Vs. Obama Health Plans?

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A company called Epocrates - which produces drug, disease, and diagnostic guides for physicians – recently surveyed about 1100 physicians about their health policy and political views. These are the 6 questions they asked, with the results listed in descending order of popularity. I think you’ll find it quite interesting:

 

1. Who has a better plan for healthcare reform, Senator McCain or Senator Obama?

Obama: 47%

McCain: 30%

Neither: 23%

2. As a medical professional, are concerns about McCain’s age justified?

Yes: 51%

No: 49%

3. What issue or reform would you most like to see the new president tackle?

Under/uninsured: 40%

Medical liability reform: 22%

Single payer: 16%

Preventative care: 13%

EMR: 3%

4. Should more states adopt a mandatory health insurance law (and work with plans to offer income-based programs) like Massachusetts?

Yes: 53%

No: 45%

5. Do you feel more compelled to vote this year compared to past presidential elections?

Yes: 75%

No: 25%

6. In the second presidential debate, the following question was asked of both candidates: Is healthcare a privilege, a right, or a responsibility? How would you have answered?

Right: 47%

Responsibility: 37%

Privilege: 16%

This survey interested me on many counts – for example I was surprised by the lack of emphasis placed on prevention in the health equation, and the support for the Masachusetts initiative despite its exceedingly high costs.

Did anything about the survey surprise you?


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2 Responses to “What Do Doctors Think Of McCain Vs. Obama Health Plans?”

  1. Interesting information. I’m not surprised by the results.

    MJ

  2. William says:

    >>Did anything about the survey surprise you?

    That it fails to match with what most of the medical providers I work with are saying

    That it is an open web form with no requirement to be a health provider

    That the comments below the poll mostly disagree with the result

    I’ve been using ePocrates since 1995, I guess I missed the poll on my most recent update

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