81% of Americans primarily blame insurers for surprise medical bills, poll finds

More than eight in 10 Americans see insurers as the largest contributor to surprise medical bills, according to a recent poll.

Morning Consult, a research and technology firm, surveyed 1,500 registered voters between May 31 and June 1 and released the findings this week. The findings were published by the American College of Emergency Physicians. 

Four poll findings: 

1. Eighty-one percent of respondents said they believe health insurance companies are responsible for most costs associated with surprise billing rather than hospitals and physicians (15 percent) or patients (4 percent).

2. Fifty-nine percent of respondents said they want their insurer to provide coverage with lower deductibles. 

3. Sixty-nine percent of respondents favor a third-party dispute resolution process as a solution to surprise medical bills over allowing the government to set rates for out-of-network providers.

4. Sixty-seven percent of respondents agreed federal lawmakers must protect healthcare access for residents of rural communities.

Read more about the poll here

 

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