Bridging the Gap Between Expert and Public Views on Health Care Reform
Blendon, Robert J.
Hyams, Tracey Stelzer
Benson, John M.
JAMA. 1993 May 19; 269(19): 2573-2578.
Americans consider reform of the health care system to be one of the most important initiatives for the new administration....Our review of recent surveys shows that experts and the public differ along three important dimensions: their perceptions of the problem, how it was caused, and how it should be solved. Policymakers should be aware that addressing the experts' concerns without due consideration of the public's perceptions of the issues may affect Americans' willingness to support proposed solutions to our difficult problems. In this article, we highlight the differences between expert and public perceptions of the health care cost crisis, and suggest possible approaches to bridging the gap between the experts' directions for reform and the public's preferences.
Attitudes; Economics; Financial Support; Fraud; Government; Health; Health Care; Health Care Delivery; Health Care Reform; Health Insurance; Health Maintenance Organizations; Insurance; Malpractice; Medical Fees; Organizations; Public Opinion; Public Policy; Regulation; Review; Statistics; Survey; Surveys; Taxes;
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Blendon, Robert J.; Brodie, Mollyann; Hyams, Tracey Stelzer; Benson, John M. (1994-05-18)...In this article we undertake a comprehensive review of Americans' views toward each of the critical choices for reform at this point in the debate. We first explore the public's general perceptions regarding health system ...