Merritt Hawkins Survey Shows Majority of Physicians Support Single-Payer System

A majority of physicians support a single-payer health care system, according to a new survey by Merritt Hawkins, the nation’s leading physician search firm and a company of AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AMN). The national survey of 1,033 physicians found that 56 percent of physicians support a single-payer system, with 42 percent saying they strongly support the concept, and 14 percent saying they somewhat support a single-payer system. Four in 10 respondents (41 percent) oppose a single-payer system, with 35 percent strongly opposed and six percent somewhat opposed. Those results show a significant reversal from a 2008 Merritt Hawkins poll that found 58 percent of physicians opposed a single-payer system and 42 percent supported it. “Physicians appear to have evolved on single-payer,” said Merritt Hawkins Senior Vice President Travis Singleton. “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.” The survey was e-mailed to 70,000 physicians nationwide and has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent, according to experts in statistical response analysis at the University of Tennessee. For additional information about Merritt Hawkins’ surveys, white papers, speaking presentations, or related matters, visit or call (800) 876-0500.