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4 out of 5 CA Voters Demand Health Insurer "Code of Conduct"
Date:7/2/2009

ed about the rising costs of health care, and 82% are worried about having to pay more for their healthcare or health insurance. Almost two in five voters (38%) say they have had to put off a doctor visit or skip taking a medication to save money.

Voters in California believe health insurance companies have too much control over patient care, and that the industry should have to follow a different set of rules to keep financial concerns from affecting decisions about patient care.

Nearly nine out of ten voters (88%) believe that health insurance companies have too much influence over how doctors care for their patients. Almost all voters (92%) believe that patients have the right to know if their doctor is getting financial incentives, and 73% believe health insurance companies should not be allowed to offer incentives to doctors based on treatment factors.

Nearly three-quarters (73%) believe that a pharmacist should not be allowed to switch a patient to a different medication than the one that was prescribed by their doctor.

Of those who registered an opinion, nearly two-thirds (60%) are opposed to the practice of step therapy -- where patients have to try and fail on treatments in the order set by the insurance company before they are allowed to try the treatment that works for them.

A wide majority (72%) of California voters agree with a statement that says health insurance companies should have special rules about what steps they should be allowed to take to save money and protect their bottom line so that their financial policies do not affect medical decisions. Nearly half (48%) of those voters express "strong" agreement with this statement.

The concept of a code of conduct for the health insurance industry is very popular, and requires very little explanation.

When asked how they feel about the implementation of a code of conduct for the h
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SOURCE Alliance for Patient Access; Healthy African-American Families
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