Aaron E. Carroll, MD, MS; Ronald T. Ackerman, MD, MPH
Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed.
Carroll AE, Ackerman RT. Support for National Health Insurance among U.S. Physicians: 5 Years Later. Ann Intern Med. 2008;148:566-567. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-148-7-200804010-00026
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2008;148(7):566-567.
Background: The increasing costs of health care and health insurance have concerned Americans for some time (1). The number of uninsured Americans increased by 2.2 million to 47 million in the most recent census. This is the largest increase reported by the U.S. Census Bureau since 1992 (2). In a 2002 survey of physicians, we reported that 49% supported government legislation to establish national health insurance (3).
Objective: To determine whether physician opinion has changed in the 5 years since the 2002 survey and assess physicians' support for government legislation to establish national health insurance and their support for achieving universal coverage through more incremental reform.
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