Poll: 7 in 10 voters oppose payment cuts to hospital services

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Seven in 10 voters oppose payment cuts to hospitals for services provided to Medicare and Medicaid patients, which they say would reduce access to health services for seniors, according to a poll by Public Opinion Strategies released today by the AHA. The poll shows that opposition to hospital payment cuts is strong across the political spectrum and in every age group. It also found that 71% of voters who say federal spending/the deficit is one of the most important problems facing the country reject cuts to hospitals. "Today's research reinforces our message to lawmakers:  Oppose hospital cuts; protect patient care," said AHA Executive Vice President Rick Pollack. In addition, the poll showed that a majority of voters would not choose to equalize payment rates for services provided in hospitals and physician offices, but would keep the current system, which pays hospitals higher rates because of their additional standby and teaching roles, sicker patient population and greater regulatory requirements. To view complete survey results and methodology, visit www.aha.org/content/12/12-methodology.pdf.

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