Member Survey: TMA Decision to Not Back Senate Health Reform Bill
Texas physicians and medical students say America’s health system is in need of reform, but they don’t prescribe radical change, and they believe the U.S. Congress’ current treatment plan will do more harm than good. Those are the primary findings of a recent TMA online poll of nearly 3,300 members. The results, along with extensive TMA policy, drove our decision to withhold support for the health system reform bill the U.S. Senate is now debating. The survey found that Texas physicians do not trust Congress and have no confidence that its deliberations are producing real solutions. Among the results:
- Two-thirds said America's health care system has some problems and should be reformed, but only 20 percent called for a radical overhaul.
- Nearly 70 percent said if a new health care bill becomes law, it will make the U.S. health care system worse than it is now in the long run.
- Six out of 10 said quality of patient care will get worse, patients’ cost for care will go up, and patients’ health care coverage will go down if a new health care bill becomes law.
- Respondents strongly oppose any outside interference in the patient-physician relationship. But by nearly a 2-1 margin, they say government interference is a bigger threat than insurance company interference.
TMA Survey Results