60% of physicians say Santa needs to lose 50 pounds or more, and 32% say he needs to lose more than 75 pounds, according to the CLSA Holiday Healthcare Survey of 100 US doctors (general and family practitioners) released today by leading investment firm CLSA - a subsidiary of Credit Agricole, one of the world's largest banks - with Asia Money's #1 ranking team of analysts in the US, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore & Hong Kong. However, with Christmas looming, many doctors were not taking any chances on getting coal in their stocking and 20% said Santa is perfect just the way he is.
Unlike the US heathcare system - 42% said that Obama's healthcare advisors will get coal in their stocking. According to one physician: "They were naughty, and they knew it." In fact, 40% of physicians agree that Managed Care CEOs have been VERY naughty this year.
"This is just a fun way to look at healthcare and what doctors think," notes CLSA’s US pharmaceutical analyst, David Maris (ranked #1 by Institutional Investor for 7 years), who conducted this survey. "It's funny to think Obama's healthcare advisors or managed care company CEO’s getting coal in their stocking, but it reflects a real frustration by doctors or the burden the government and insurance companies are putting on the healthcare system." But Maris does want to underscore one thing: "While a lot of doctors think Santa needs to lose weight, I certainly don’t think so. No one wants a skinny Santa...In case Santa is reading this, please make sure you remember it wasn't me who said you need to lose weight."
The CLSA survey also revealed other eye-opening holiday-related healthcare gems, including: