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Young Doctors Spend 13% More Than Older Physicians

Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, November 8, 2012

"The Battle over Obamacare is over," ABC news host Diane Sawyer pronounced Tuesday night, shortly after President Obama won re-election. For all the disgruntled docs out there, the not-so-close victory over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney sealed it.

For physicians unhappy with the President's healthcare policies, the battle may be over on the outside, but they may be seething on the inside.

Throughout the presidential campaign, many older physicians, in particular, expressed displeasure with regulations and financial cutbacks. Some talked privately about considering early retirement and others vowed to outright quit in the event of an Obama victory.

A month before the election, a survey of more than 4,600 physicians in the U.S. favored Romney by a 53%-to-33% margin, with 12% undecided and others supporting third party candidates, according to MDLinx,  the healthcare information firm.

But like the rest of the country, physician specialists were extremely divided among themselves over who should win the presidency.

Hospital-based physicians preferred President Obama by a 47%-to-37% margin, with 12% undecided and the remainder preferring other candidates, MDLinx said. On the other hand, likely voters among solo practitioners expressed a two-to-one preference for Romney.

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2 comments on "Young Doctors Spend 13% More Than Older Physicians"


Herb Ruhs, MD (11/8/2012 at 2:13 PM)
This article sets a new standard for stupidity. I am used to this site having no shame, but this one is a duzzy. I was a teacher in training programs for these new physicians. They have been trained to waste money. Older physicians are finding it more and more difficult to find work in part because they were not trained this way and threaten corporate plans and profits. The author really ought to consider a new line of work. Unless of course it is deliberately misleading to help distract people from the fact of corporate destruction of medicine in the US, in which case his employers are likely pleased.

tyber mayro (11/8/2012 at 2:13 PM)
Hilarious to hear the disgruntled physicians are ready to quit if Obama won. Quit and do what exactly? Sure they are unhappy about reimbursement, but current levels of payment are completely unsustainable no matter who was President. Did they notice that Romney himself didn't actually have a health plan to replace Obamacare with? Why? Even he knew there had to be giant cuts. The point of American healthcare is to get care to as many people as possible[INVALID]to be sustain physician salaries at all costs.