NU Online News Service, Oct. 14, 2004, 5:32 a.m. EDT
Many health care opinion leaders want insurers to pay to improve health care organizations’ computers.[@@]
Siemens Medical Solutions, Malvern, Pa., and the Center for Health Transformation, Washington, published that finding in a report on an informal survey of top hospital executives, health care lobbyists, members of health professionals organizations and other “health care influencers.”
Although 33% of the participants said patients should pay for the new health care system technology, 57% said health insurers and managed care companies should pick up the tab. Only 2% said the health care organization or facility that uses the technology should buy it.
Although the CHT was founded by Newt Gingrich, a former Republican House speaker with a reputation for promoting free-market solutions, 51% of the survey participants said the government should pay for the new health care system technology.