The publics view of U.S. healthcare system

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The publics view of U.S. healthcare system

When comparing the publics view of the healthcare system from the years of 2000 to 2002 there has been a drastic change in how society see the healthcare system in regards to managed care.

According to the Harris Poll those who accept the style to managed care is a bad thing have declined from 52% to 44% between 2000 and 2003. While those who believe it is a good thing have remained at 36%.

Those who think that managed care can damage the importance of health care has dropped from 8% between the years of 2000 and 2002, but this difference is not for the reason that more citizens believe it will progress quality. To a certain extent there is a rise in individuals who don't believe it even makes a difference.


When it comes to how insurers shaped this perception you could say that with the way insurance claims are handled by example instead of a patient paying 10,000 for surgery they are only liable for %80 which adds up to $8000.

Although this still is a high amount a patient would much rather pay the small amount then be liable for the entire amount.

Provider groups

When it comes to how provider groups shaped this perception I would say being that in order to be paid by Medicare a hospital must be enrolled in the prospective payment system. If a patient did not know this and went to this hospital in an emergency they would be stuck with the bill and out of luck. This is not well known in the public's eye. If it were a huge debate would be brought forth.

Purchasers of healthcare

When it comes to how purchasers of healthcare have shaped the publics opinion I...