The survey demonstrates that voters resoundingly reject the main tenets of the CMS proposal.
Additional key findings include:
- 9 in 10 voters agree that health care decisions should be made between doctors and patients
- 6 in 10 voters oppose government efforts to set national protocols for medical care to promote mindful prescribing by physicians for Medicare patients
- 2 in 3 voters do not think the government should try to save money by setting preferred courses of treatment for diseases
- More than 6 in 10 voters oppose government deciding when drugs are similar on average in order to give prescribers incentives to use certain drugs
- Finally, 86 percent of voters think it is important to maintain the current Medicare safeguard that prohibits the government from using cost-effectiveness in making coverage or payment decisions because it may discriminate against seniors and people with disabilities.
PIPC Chairman Tony Coelho stated, “This survey highlights the importance of PIPC’s long-standing efforts to support patient-centered approaches to comparative effectiveness research and payment and delivery reform, and strong concern with the one-size-fits-all approach taken by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in its March 8 proposed rule. PIPC has worked too hard and too long to give patients a meaningful voice in health care decisions to go back to sidelining patients in their own care decisions; we urge CMS to withdraw this proposed rule and instead embrace solutions that will put patients at the center of value.”