Pro-Reform Doctors Detest Status Quo And Especially Role Played By Insurers

Today's installment of IBDEditorials' series, "Critcal Condition", provides an opportunity for pro reform physicians to make their case for health care reform.

An IBD/TIPP Poll released earlier this week showed overwhelming opposition among physicians to proposed health care reforms. But that doesn’t mean no doctors support them…

…Those in our poll who expressed support for proposed health care reforms cited a number of reasons, ranging from cost control to fairness. Others expressed a deep resentment of insurance companies.

But perhaps the most common sentiment of supporters in favor of a government plan is that it would presumably cover all 46.3 million of those who currently lack insurance…

…Many in the group of supporters suggested that health insurance coverage not be purchased like other goods and services, but rather that it should be accepted as a fundamental right of citizenship.

“Health care is a right,” said one doctor, echoing the simple sentiment of many, “not just a privilege.” Added another: “The cost of health care is bankrupting our economy. People deserve health care. It is a right!”…

…Doctors’ ire over insurers was almost palpable – especially on the issue of rationing care. Asked why they support health insurance reform, many doctors took the opportunity to unload on insurers…

…Others, in effect, just threw up their hands over the current system.

“Any change has to be better than what we have now,” said one in this camp.

Be careful what you ask for doc.  “Any change” so far has been a colossal failure.

The series continues next week, with Monday’s installment focusing on what these doctors feel the effect on senior’s health care will be under the proposed reforms.

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