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PFC Releases New Polling Showing Voter Priorities for Ending Surprise Medical Billing

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Wed, 07/17/2019 - 08:57

WASHINGTON – Today Physicians for Fair Coverage (PFC), a non-profit, non-partisan alliance of tens of thousands of physicians, released new polling demonstrating voters’ priorities in the ongoing debate to end surprise medical billing at the federal level.

 

“As the House Energy and Commerce Committee marks up its No Surprises Act today, lawmakers need to know that their voters—our patients—want Congress to end surprise medical billing without threatening access to the doctors they rely on,” said Dr. Sherif Zaafran, Chair of Physicians for Fair Coverage. “This data shows voters overwhelmingly support doctors to look out for their interests. What’s more, voters are genuinely concerned about having access to good doctors and hospitals, and believe that physicians should be compensated fairly in order to ensure they are in the ER and able to provide that lifesaving care 24/7, when an emergency strikes. The consequences of a benchmark policy are real to our patients, and voters across the country.”   

 

Highlights from the polling include:

 

  • 63% of voters say doctors care the most about the needs of patients. Health insurance companies are at the very bottom of the list at 2%. 
  • More than 70% of voters believe health insurers should be the ones to pay for the costs of surprise medical bills
  • More than 9 in 10 voters believe doctors should be fairly compensated for the care they provide
  • More than two-thirds of voters worry about having reliable access to good doctors and hospitals.
  • In cases where there is a surprise medical bill, 85% of voters across America believe an independent third-party should determine the payment.  
  • 90% of patients have a favorable image of doctors, while only 44% have a favorable view of health insurance companies