Doctors Who Support Single-Payer Should Seek a Second Opinion

Sen. Bernie Sanders isn’t alone in his adoration for universal healthcare. According to one recent survey, 56 percent of U.S. doctors are at least somewhat supportive of government-run healthcare.Their support is somewhat understandable. Every insurer has different administrative requirements, covers different therapies at different levels, and reimburses on a different timeline. Medicare and Medicaid complicate matters further. Dealing with only one insurer — the government — may sound appealing.But one look at the United Kingdom’s government-run National Health Service should cure American doctors of any fondness for socialized medicine. The NHS, founded in 1948 and poised to celebrate its 70th birthday this year, is currently in a state of crisis. Patients must endure long waits only to receive subpar care. British doctors, meanwhile, must put up with low pay, high stress, long hours, and low morale.American doctors haven’t always been keen on government-run health care. As recently as 2008, a strong majority of U.S. physicians opposed the idea.The NHS’s state today shows that U.S. docs were right a decade ago. The starting salary for the average junior doctor in the United Kingdom is a meager £22,636 — just under $32,000. That’s nearly 17 percent below the nation’s average income.To put that in perspective, a British subway operator makes roughly double the income of a junior doctor each year.Such low pay is often accompanied by demanding work schedules. Junior physicians can be subject to 100-hour workweeks.

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