January 1, 2007
Barry Scholl, Alyssa L. Holmgren, Stuart Guterman, Karen Davis
A. L. Holmgren, K. Davis, S. Guterman, and B. Scholl, Health Care Opinion Leaders' Views on Priorities for the New Congress, The Commonwealth Fund, January 2007
The ninth Commonwealth Fund Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey highlighted the perspectives of a diverse group of experts on what the health care priorities for the 110th Congress should be. The survey found that covering the uninsured is at the top of the list, with 88 percent of respondents saying that covering the uninsured is "absolutely essential" or "very important." Other top priorities include controlling rising health care costs, reforming Medicare to ensure long-term solvency, and increasing the use of information technology to improve the quality and safety of patient care. Opinion leaders' responses closely align with the principles laid out by the Fund's Commission on a High Performance Health System, creating a compelling case for change.
This survey was conducted in partnership with the magazine Modern Healthcare.Also check out a new video editorial by Fund President Karen Davis, "The Time Is Right for Healthcare Reform" on Medscape. And, read the first Data Brief, "The National Committee for Quality Assurance's The State of Health Care Quality 2006."