President-elect Barack Obama, healthcare leaders would like to have a word with you.
On the eve of Obamas inauguration, healthcare experts are offering their take on what the administrations healthcare priorities should be as part of the 17th Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Opinion Leaders Survey. Of note, some 92% of respondents say theyre in favor of allowing individuals without insurance through their employers, Medicaid or the State Childrens Health Insurance Program to purchase coverage through a proposed national health insurance exchange.
Of the 194 leaders surveyed with backgrounds in academia, health policy, healthcare delivery, finance and business, 83% favor reauthorizing and expanding SCHIP, while 82% say expanding eligibility for Medicaid and SCHIP for low-income adults and children is essential. Additionally, 76% of the respondents are in favor of providing funding to accelerate health information technology and promoting uniform standards for interoperability.
Full coverage of the survey resultsas well as commentaries by Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Republican Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlentyare available in today's issue of Modern Healthcare and online at modernhealthcare.com and at commonwealthfund.org.