News CoverageEast Bay Business Times
Employers blame HMOs for health care woes, survey says
Dec 18, 2001
A recent survey of California employers found that 79.5 percent of business owners in the state believe HMOs and insurance companies are "very responsible" for health care system's problems.
According to the survey, taken from mid October until the end of November, 70 percent of business owners said they would support a system where employers paid into a health care fund that would cover all residents if they were guaranteed coverage for their employees at a lower cost. The Business Health Survey was a collaborative effort by the California Nurses Association, California Medical Association, American Small Business Alliance, and the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights.
More than three quarters of the respondents -- 76.4 percent -- said HMOs and managed care decreased health care quality for the sick while 92.9 percent complained about premium increases. The results were based on a 127 responses from 1,000 executives contacted for the survey.
The survey also found that:
The full results can be viewed at http://www.businesshealthsurvey.org.