Poll Reveals 46% of Doctors Would Quit if Pro-Abortion Health Care Bill Passed
by Steven Ertelt
March 16, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new poll that should cause significant concerns for backers of the pro-abortion Senate health care bill finds nearly half the nation’s physicians would consider quitting if the bill becomes law. The survey, appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine, indicates 46 percent of doctors would consider leaving their practice.
The poll finds 46.3% of primary care physicians (family medicine and internal medicine) feel that the passing of a public option will either force them out of medicine or make them want to leave medicine.
Doctors also seem to understand the impact that will have as 72% of physicians feel that a public option would have a negative impact on physician supply, with 45% feeling it will decline or worsen dramatically and 27% predicting it will decline or worsen somewhat.
The medical journal issued an editorial saying it didn’t think that many doctors would quit but did worry about the adverse impact.
While a sudden loss of half of the nations physicians seems unlikely, a very dramatic decrease in the physician workforce could become a reality as an unexpected side effect of health reform," it said.
Another 62.7% of physicians feel that health reform is needed but should be implemented in a more targeted, gradual way, as opposed to the sweeping overhaul that is in legislation.
The respected medical journal also found 41% of physicians feel that income and practice revenue will decline or worsen dramatically and 30% feel income will decline or worsen somewhat with a public option.
Just 28.7 percent of doctors support the pro-abortion health care bill pending in the House
The Medicus Firm, a leading physician search and consulting firm based in Atlanta and Dallas, conducted the survey.
Kevin Perpetua, managing partner for the Medicus Firm, commented on the study, according to CNS News.
Many physicians feel that they cannot continue to practice if patient loads increase while pay decreases, Perpetua said in the study. The overwhelming prediction from physicians is that health reform, if implemented inappropriately, could create a detrimental combination of circumstances, and result in an environment in which it is not possible for most physicians to continue practicing medicine.
Health-care reform and increasing government control of medicine may be the final straw that causes the physician workforce to break down," he concluded.
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