New research from United States of Care (USofCare) finds that voters across party lines and demographics overwhelmingly support policies to curb high hospital prices and implement transparency in billing. The research, informed by a national poll conducted by Morning Consult and focus groups facilitated by NORC at University of Chicago, revealed that 74% of voters support limiting or restricting “facility fees”, or charges imposed on people because of where health care was delivered.
Additional key findings from this poll include:
- Requiring medical providers to disclose their facility fees upfront to patients, before they are seen, received support from 81% of voters, with 62% of respondents agreeing strongly.
- Requiring big corporate hospitals to report data on facility fees, including how much revenue they are collecting from facility fees, received support from 81% of voters, with over half of respondents agreeing strongly.
- Banning facility fees for patients’ visits with their primary health care providers or for preventive care services received support from 77% of voters, with half of respondents agreeing strongly.
- Banning corporate health care and hospital systems from charging hospital facility fees for services performed at clinics and doctor’s offices that are not located on a hospital campus received support from 77% of voters, with half of respondents agreeing strongly.
- Banning facility fees everywhere for outpatient, same-day services, regardless of the service or where care is being provided, received support from 74% of voters.