76% of physicians oppose New York City mayor's healthcare for all plan, poll finds

Most physicians are against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's healthcare plan that he says would guarantee primary and specialty care to 600,000 uninsured city residents, according to a poll conducted by SERMO, a social network for physicians.

The poll of 240 U.S. physicians showed that 76 percent of respondents are against the program, while 24 percent support it.

Three other findings:

1. Seventy-five percent of respondents said they don't agree that the program will effectively reduce emergency room visits. That compares to 25 percent who agree.

2. Nearly all respondents (89 percent) said they agree that the program will burden taxpayers, while 11 percent do not agree.

3. Half of respondents said they believe universal healthcare decisions should be made by the state, and half said they believe those decisions should be made by the federal government.

 

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