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Modern Healthcare - - Healthcare Opinion Leaders Survey -

The vast ma­jor­ity of Opin­ion Leaders— 88%— say they be­lieve health­care re­form will be suc­cess­ful or very suc­cess­ful at ex­pand­ing ac­cess for Amer­i­cans without cov­er­age. How­ever, only 38% of re­spon­dents say they be­lieve re­form will be suc­cess­ful or very suc­cess­ful at im­prov­ing af­ford­abil­ity for those who al­ready have cov­er­age. And just 35% of re­spon­dents say re­form will be suc­cess­ful or very suc­cess­ful at beginning to con­trol health­care costs and not adding to the fed­eral deficit. More than three-quar­ters of re­spon­dents— 82%— say it is im­por­tant or very im­por­tant to ac­cel­er­ate the growth of ac­count­able-care or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­te­grated de­liv­ery sys­tems. And 73% of re­spon­dents say it is im­por­tant or very im­por­tant to ex­pand Med­i­caid. But only 30% say they sup­port or strongly sup­port cre­at­ing vouch­ers for Med­i­caid ben­e­fi­cia­ries to pur­chase pri­vate plans. Most re­spon­dents— 90%— say they be­lieve it is im­por­tant or very im­por­tant to in­tro­duce in­come-re­lated sub­si­dies to pur­chase in­sur­ance cov­er­age and cover cost­shar­ing for lower-in­come in­di­vid­u­als. Ad­di­tion­ally, 86% of the Opin­ion Leaders say it is im­por­tant or very im­por­tant to in­cen­tivize pri­mary care and pa­tient-cen­tered med­i­cal homes. Al­most two-thirds of Opin­ion Leaders— 61%— say they’re con­cerned or very con­cerned about state re­sis­tance to re­form, while the vast ma­jor­ity of re­spon­dents ( 88%) say they are con­cerned or very con­cerned about an in­ad­e­quate pri­mary-care sup­ply and state ca­pac­ity to im­ple­ment re­form ( 79%).

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