A new survey from Merritt Hawkins shows 42 percent of physicians now strongly support single-payer health care while 35 percent strongly oppose it. The results of this most recent survey of 1,033 physicians contrast with a national survey of physicians Merritt Hawkins conducted in 2008, which indicated that 42 percent of physicians supported single-payer, while 58 percent opposed it.
“Physicians appear to have evolved on single payer,” said Travis Singleton, senior vice president of Merritt Hawkins. “Whether they are enthusiastic about it, are merely resigned to it or are just seeking clarity, single-payer is a concept many physicians appear to be embracing.” For more details about this survey, visit www.merritthawkins.com or call (800) 876-0500. (Beth Zborowski)