Even though the vast majority of Americans do not think pay-for-performance programs for physicians improve quality, even more say they would like a be able to choose their doctors after reviewing local Consumer Reports-style ratings.
The survey, commissioned by American Healthways, included 1,233 adults with health insurance who were asked their opinions on a number of issues related to physician pay-for-performance. About 70% said they don't believe such programs would result in higher quality -- but 80% said they still want to see reviews that help to rate doctors in the community.
The most frequent reason cited for not supporting pay-for-performance measures was the perception that physicians already make enough money and are bound by their oath to deliver the best quality regardless of any cash bonus.
The full survey is available at americanhealthways.com.