NU Online News Service, Aug. 8, 2:55 p.m. – HealthExtras Employers with fewer than 200 employees are more likely than large employers to support a patient’s right to independent review of a health plan’s medical decision and the right to sue the plan, a new survey says.
The survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, Calif., found that 86% of smaller employers support independent review, compared with 78% of large employers.
Similarly, 67% of smaller employers support the right to sue a health plan, compared with just 28% of large employers.
However, these numbers are based on the cost of health insurance remaining constant. When told that the cost of health insurance might increase as a result of these changes, support from smaller employers drops significantly.
For example, if the right to an independent review increases the cost of health insurance by $1 per month, support for independent review drops to 72% among small employers and 60% among large employers.
Similarly, if the right to sue adds $5 per month to the cost of insurance, support for the right to sue drops to 50% among small employers and just 13% among large employers.