Country: United States
Survey Organization: Harris Interactive, Inc.
Field Date: November 29, 2007–December 31, 2007
Sample: Peer-nominated experts in health care policy, finance, and delivery; select members of the Modern Healthcare database
Sample Size: 221 (survey successfully e-mailed to 1,467 people)
Interview Method: Online/E-mail
Read an analysis of the findings in a Data Brief. Also available are two related commentaries, Reform Is No 'Either-Or': We Must Fix the Payment System Along with Access by Darrell Kirch, M.D, president and chief executive officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and Tough Choices Ahead: Candidates Ignore Pain of Needed Cuts to Health Costs by Dallas L. Salisbury, president and CEO of the Employee Benefit Research Institute and a member of The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System.
The 13th Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey asked a diverse group of experts for their perspective on the health care reform proposals of the 2008 the presidential candidates. Survey participants strongly support reform proposals that applied a mixed private–public market approach. Additional favored policy strategies for reform include a requirement for individuals to obtain health insurance, new private market regulations, and a requirement for employers to provide coverage or contribute to a coverage fund. Alternatively, respondents think proposals that focus on tax incentives to purchase individual private health insurance are not an effective method for controlling the rising costs of health care or achieving universal coverage. Health care opinion leaders call for the next president to simultaneously address universal coverage and quality, efficiency, and cost containment policies to move our health care system toward high performance.
The Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive between November 29, 2007, and December 31, 2007. The survey was administered via e-mail to a panel of 1,080 opinion leaders in health policy and innovators in health care delivery and finance. The final sample included 221 respondents from various industries, for a response rate of 20 percent. Typically, samples of this size are associated with a sampling error of +/– 6.6 percent. However, that does not take other sources of error into account. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no theoretical sampling error can be calculated. The sample was developed by The Commonwealth Fund, Modern Healthcare, and Harris Interactive. Data from this survey were not weighted.