MANAGED CARE REFORM: New Poll Finds Broad Support
A new survey conducted for the Patient Access to Specialty Care Coalition finds overwhelming support for several managed care reform measures. More than 96% of respondents said they support requiring health care providers "to give their patients full information about their conditions and treatment options," and more than 95% said they support requiring "basic" managed care plans "to allow patients to see plan specialists when necessary." Other issues addressed in the survey:
- 94.7% of respondents said patients "should have the right to a speedy appeal when a plan denies coverage for a benefit or service."
- 91.3% said patients should be provided with a "complete list of benefits and costs offered by a health plan" before enrolling.
- 87.2% said health plans "must allow their patients the option of seeking treatment outside their HMO, with the HMO covering at least a portion of the cost."
- 67.6% said insurers should be "prohibited from paying doctors more money for offering less treatment or refusing referrals," while 26.1% said they oppose this requirement.