Author(s)

Katrina Stier

Date Approved

6-30-2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Public Relations

Department

Public Relations/Advertising

College

College of Communication & Creative Arts

First Advisor

Basso, Joseph

Subject(s)

Physicians--United States;United States, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Disciplines

Public Relations and Advertising

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to examine physicians' opinions of a federalized health care system as well as the effect federalized health care will have on the quality of patient care provided by physicians. A survey was randomly administrated to physicians from across the United States. The survey was administered as an on-line instrument. Because physicians are difficult to gather together for a focus group, a survey, consisting of multiple choice questions and personal interviews, was used for data collection. The survey was comprised of matrix questions. Each physician was given the opportunity to write in additional comments or suggestions. Data indicated throughout the course of this study that the presidential elections had an impact on physicians' views of the direction health care is headed. Findings for this study are conclusive. Physicians indicate that they do not want a federalized health care system; however, comments on open-ended responses indicated that, although something needs to be done, no one has a viable answer or solution.

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