March 24, 2008 - The American public believes doctors and physicians would do a good job running hospitals in their community and they want doctors to make decisions about patient care and how hospitals are run, according to a survey conducted by Lake Research Partners.
The survey also indicated that Americans believe doctors should be allowed to own hospitals where they work and that Congress ought to vote to allow this practice to continue.
Two-thirds (67 percent) of the American public believes doctors and physicians would do an excellent or good job (18 percent excellent) running a hospital in their community, while just 23 percent think they would do a just fair or poor job. Comparatively, only 29 percent of the public thinks a health insurance company would do an excellent or good job, and only 34 percent think a tax-exempt corporation would do an excellent or good job.
Americans also believe that physicians and surgeons ought to be making decisions about how patients receive care in hospitals, and about how hospitals are being run. Physicians and surgeons are the choice of 39 percent, followed by hospital administrators (28 percent), nurses (15 percent) and community health officials (10 percent).
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