• Support for Joe Biden’s healthcare reform proposals that include expanding Medicare eligibility to those as young as 60 along with a public option alongside private plans offered under the Affordable Care Act are gaining momentum in healthcare surveys before Tuesday’s election.

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  • The unprecedented pandemic of COVID-19 has ushered in a new age of telehealth that has not always been present—but a phase that many hope is here to stay. Between 2016 and 2019 alone, tele-visit usage doubled from 14 to 28 percent.

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  • A survey of more than 3,000 U.S. physicians released this summer by Physicians Foundation, a nonprofit group, reported 4 percent said they wouldn’t return to work, fearing for their personal health, while more than a quarter (28 percent) admitted having “serious concerns” about catching covid-19. Nearly half (47 percent) described their anxiety as “moderate,” while about a fifth (21 percent) said they weren’t too worried about it.

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  • A Physicians Foundation survey released this month found that 58% of doctors now say they frequently experience burnout, up from 40% two years ago. Half of physicians during the pandemic have had feelings of “inappropriate anger, tearfulness or anxiety,” 30% report feelings of hopelessness, 8% say they have contemplated self-harm and 18% are drinking or using drugs more.

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  • Nearly 1 in 4 physicians (22%) know a colleague who committed suicide and 58% of physicians say they've shown symptoms of burnout, according to a new survey released Thursday by The Physicians Foundation.

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  • The suicide of New York emergency doctor Lorna Breen at the height of the city’s COVID pandemic was front-page news—and opened up a painful conversation about what we ask of our overworked first responders. Her still-grieving family hopes it can lead to widespread change in a professional culture often disinclined to take its own mental health seriously.

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