Here’s a link to the summary of The Public and the Health Care Delivery
System survey results
The survey suggests that Americans’ faith in their doctors extends even to the sensitive question of money. According to the survey, two in three (65 percent) say their doctor’s charges are reasonable, and perhaps more importantly, nearly as many (63 percent) say they believe that their doctor is working to keep the cost of their health care down.
Perhaps because of this faith in doctors’ efforts to restrain costs, most are not asking about the cost of medical or lab tests they are getting – twenty two percent say they have done so over the past two years, compared to eight in ten who have not. Not surprisingly, those without insurance are more likely to have asked the price of a treatment (31 percent versus 20 percent of the insured). Overall, nearly four in ten Americans (37 percent) say they don’t think even their doctor knows how much tests cost, while half (51 percent) say they do think their medical
provider is aware of the charges.
Most Americans favor the current system of physician reimbursement. Seven in ten say they prefer having their insurance company pay their doctor a fee for each visit, while 25 percent say they think it would be better for doctors to get paid a yearly amount for care.