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Radio Smart Talk: Central PA healthcare poll

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 26, 2012 8:56 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Monday, November 26:

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Almost half of the Central Pennsylvanians surveyed in witf's Transforming Health poll say that our system of delivering and paying for healthcare should be completely rebuilt.  That's just one of the findings from the poll conducted by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College.

Berwood Yost, the Center's director will appear on Monday's Radio Smart Talk to discuss and analyze the poll results.

The poll was conducted as part of the roll out of witf's new Transforming Health initiative.  Transforming Health is a broad-based, multimedia project with a goal of presenting the policy and personal choices Americans face as the nation's healthcare system changes direction toward one where partnerships are established to manage one's overall well being.

The poll also found that healthcare consumers still don't know a lot about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but from what they do know, most believe healthcare will cost them more.

Listen to the program:

Transforming Health is supported by Pinnacle Health, Wellspan Health, and Lancaster General Health.

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As part of witf's new, multimedia "Transforming Health" initiative, Berwood Yost, director of the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College, joins witf's Radio Smart Talk to talk about a poll of central Pennsylvanians' views on health care.

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Comments: 3

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-26 09:44

    E-mail from Bill:

    "I am wondering how much of the objections from the medical community are due to the potential loss of income and upper level social status currently enjoyed by doctors seemingly on the backs of the rest of us."

  • ellen.perricci img 2012-11-26 09:59


    Dr.s are human, too...
    And the reason so many accept Medicare today is because the Feds put incredible pressure on doctors in the 1980"s: making it illegal to increase fees for ANY service, even as malpractice insurance, salaries for staff, Social Security insurance & Unemployment insurance was increasing as expenses doctors had to incorporate into thier budget... UNLESS the doctor knuckled under & signed the Fed's agreement to accept whatever the Feds would dictate in accpeting Medicare insurance. agreeing to enroll Medicare. At the time, it was a negative to the balance sheet. Like charity care & doctors shudder everytime the Fed speaks on "payment".

    People vote with their feet. (Did you notice that on Black Friday?)
    Do you really suppose in the long run that doctors will behave differently?

  • Bonnie img 2012-11-26 10:14

    Hi,
    I moved down from Maine a little over a year ago. My doctor there who was a member of a rural health center was able to send my records to my primary care down here electronically which made the process much faster.


    When I went to the rural health center in Maine, I usually requested an appointment with my designated primary care doctor because he was most familiar with my history, my family (he was our family doctor) and my quirks. However, when he was not available, I was very comfortable with any member of the facility including the nurse practioner or physician's assistant. Here in Pennsylvania, I have found both my primary care physician and the specialists I've seen to be interested in helping me maintain my good health. I found the physician's assistant at the Hershey Medical Center as knowledgeable (if not more so) than some of the doctors with whom I've dealt in the area of her specialty.


    I think people need to be an active partner in their own health care and I believe the Affordable Healthcare Act will help us move in that direction.

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