News Release

Does the AMA Represent Doctors?


President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at the American Medical Association in Chicago on Monday.

Lead author of a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on doctors’ views on a national health program, Carroll is associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

He said today: “We conducted what is by far the largest poll done of doctors and found that 59 percent of U.S. physicians favor government legislation to establish national health insurance, an increase of 10 percentage points from five years prior. Much of the general public and Congress seems to think that the AMA represents doctors, but that is far from the case. Most doctors are not members of the organization and the group has ties to financial interests opposed to reforms.

“So not only are most doctors likely for a so-called public option that Obama is proposing, but they are for a much more fundamental reform of establishing national health insurance.”

The results of the poll published in the Annals of Internal Medicine are available here.

Also see: “The AMA’s Ties to For-Profit Health Care.”

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167