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Survey: Workers Want To Be Good Health Consumers

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NU Online News Service, Oct. 2, 3:56 p.m. – Most U.S. workers believe they should try to be good health care consumers, according to survey results from KRC Research, Washington.

The researchers who conducted the survey, which was sponsored by the managed care unit of CIGNA Corp., Philadelphia, interviewed 750 U.S. workers in August.

The researchers found that 92% of the respondents said it was important to be more informed as health care consumers.

Only 10% of the respondents said they would prefer to leave most, if not all, decisions regarding their health care and health coverage to their doctors or health plans.

Forty-two percent said they wanted to be more engaged and work with their doctors or health plans to make decisions.

But only 44% of the respondents said they believe they need to be primarily responsible for making most of the decisions affecting their health care and health care coverage.