Pay Good Doctors More, But Only If I’m Paying Less

    May 24, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

The collection of healthcare information gets a mixed reaction from the public, according to a Harris Interactive survey.

38% percent of adults surveyed out of 2,129 participants support having insurance plans pay doctors more if those doctors can be shown to have provided higher quality patient care.

17 percent opposed the idea and 32% were indifferent. The more educated adults were in the survey, the more likely they supported the idea.

Support for pay-for-performance increases when respondents would experience lower associated costs themselves.

67% would be interested in a plan that provided access to fewer doctors but certified those doctors as providing superior care while charging lower premiums, deductibles, or co-payments.

Patients showed the most support for certain measurements of quality care than others. Doctors who use preventative tests like cholesterol screening would score highest, according to the survey.

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