From the article:
When the American Medical Association — one of the nation’s most powerful health care groups — met in Chicago this June, its medical student caucus seized an opportunity for change.
Though they had tried for years to advance a resolution calling on the organization to drop its decades-long opposition to single-payer health care, this was the first time it got a full hearing. The debate grew heated — older physicians warned their pay would decrease, calling younger advocates naïve to single-payer’s consequences. But this time, by the meeting’s end, the AMA’s older members had agreed to at least study the possibility of changing its stance.
“We believe health care is a human right, maybe more so than past generations,” said Dr. Brad Zehr, a 29-year-old pathology resident at Ohio State University, who was part of the debate. “There’s a generational shift happening, where we see universal health care as a requirement.”
Source: Once Its Greatest Foes, Doctors Are Embracing Single-Payer | Kaiser Health News
This isn’t as surprising to me. Most of the doctors I knew fought with the insurance methods we had an awful lot. When I was a nurse, I’d keep diagnosis codes and what medications they would allow coverage for when I was an office nurse. The doc would prescribe a med, but if he didn’t know the exact diagnosis to use, the insurance company would not cover whatever he prescribed. The insurance companies say you are never EVER supposed to do this, yet I had a doctor that felt his patient needed the medication for a reasonable diagnosis, but the doc didn’t know what codes to put in. It was so frustrating.
I’ve met a lot of docs that feel single payer would be an improvement, because each insurance company is it’s own headache. It’s one of the reasons I quite nursing. I spent more time chasing insurance companies to figure out how to cover my patients, appealing, etc, that I just couldn’t take it anymore.
The old guard of physicians worked in an entirely different environment where they were all the owners of their own business. Now? Most doctors get out of school and work for a big insurance company, or already established practice where they are just employees.
It’s just not the same. It doesn’t matter to their pay if we go single payer, they are not the owners. In fact, going single payer would make their lives easier because they could get care for their patients, and spend less time fighting insurance companies.