Poll Finds Chicago Area Doctors Support Single Payer by Two to One

A new poll of more than one thousand Chicago-area physicians finds that a majority support a universal, single-payer health system.

The poll found that Chicago area physicians prefer a single-payer plan two-to-one over Obamacare, and three-to-one over the failed Republican plan.

The study was conducted in April and May by the Chicago Medical Society, which represents 17,000 physicians serving more than five million patients in the Chicago area.

The study found that nearly 90 percent of respondents agreed that health care is a human right that should be made available to all individuals, similar to basic education, police and fire protection, with70% agreeing strongly and 18% agreeing somewhat.

Asked to choose which proposal would provide “the best care to the greatest number of people for a given amount of funding,” 56% chose single-payer/improved Medicare for all, 26% chose Obamacare and 18% chose the failed Republican plan.

“Because of our profit-driven, multi-payer health system, doctors are spending hours each day on paperwork and billing, hours that could have been spent on patient care,” said Claudia Fegan, M.D., a Chicago-based physician and national coordinator for Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP). “Not surprisingly, a growing number of health care providers reject the AHCA and support the simplicity and efficiency of improved Medicare for all.”

Fegan said that H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, would provide immediate, comprehensive coverage to all Americans and yield more than $500 billion dollars in yearly administrative savings. H.R. 676 has gained a record 112 co-sponsors, which represents a majority of House Democrats.