When it comes to healthcare, just about everyone wants alternatives, especially options that include alternative and complementary medicine.
That's one of the findings from a recent online survey by Modern Healthcare. Large majorities of respondents expect healthcare providers to offer alternative treatments, want more research dedicated to alternative medicine, and believe insurers and federal healthcare programs should cover the cost of those therapies. Some 77% of respondents favor more research; 72% say hospitals should offer alternative care; and 69% want health insurance to cover such treatments.
The unscientific survey was conducted last month via the magazine's Web site-www.modernhealthcare.com-in conjunction with ERC Dataplus, a Norwalk, Conn.-based polling and human resources technology firm. Some 239 respondents completed the survey.
Roughly half-49%-of respondents say their organizations' insurance plans cover some form of alternative/complementary healthcare. And a little more than half-56%-believe experimental treatments and medical devices should be more widely covered by their health plans.
Meanwhile, 71% of respondents favored some use of medicinal marijuana, although only 23% say it should be available to treat any illness.
Respondents also overwhelmingly agree that the design of healthcare settings can influence the healing process. Some 47% say design and decor have a major impact, while another 46% say they play a minor role. And 52% of respondents believe the increasingly popular "healing gardens" offer therapeutic benefits.
Comprehensive survey results are available at Modern Healthcare's Web site. This month's survey, also posted on the site, seeks opinions on international healthcare issues.