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95% of Americans want healthcare decisions to be provider-patient exclusive: 4 insights

The Alliance for the Adoption of Innovations in Medicine conducted a poll, "Principles for U.S. Health Care," to ascertain what consumers valued in the industry.

The poll took place between Dec. 3 and Dec. 8, 2016. Based in Washington D.C., the Alliance for Adoption of Innovations in Medicine is a nonprofit organization focused on enhancing healthcare in the United States.  

Here are five insights:

1. Of the respondents, 95 percent reported they preferred healthcare decisions to be between patient and provider. Payers, the government and institutions should take not part.

2. Fifty-four percent of those polled noted they would pay a higher price to avoid medications' adverse effects.

3. A majority of respondents (92 percent) said they do not support "non-medical switching." This practice involves payers forcing patients to change from their current medication to another.

4. Alliance for the Adoption of Innovations in Medicine encourages policymakers to listen to patients as they move through insurance reform.  

Read the full report here.

"We urge policy-makers to examine what role insurers should have in the patient-care decision making process. The answer is fairly simple…None," said Stacey L. Worthy, Esq., executive director of Alliance for the Adoption of Innovations in Medicine.

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