A new survey flushes out opinions on rating health care quality. According to the poll, forty-nine percent of U.S. adults believe there are "fair and reliable" methods to measure and compare hospitals' and medical groups' quality of care.
Well, this bodes badly for those pushing substantial reforms based on better information on prices and quality.
But really, your average U.S. adult has no idea what they're talking about on this issue, so I wouldn't take it too much to heart. And if they think they have such good indicators of quality already, they probably don't really care about actual stats on quality (i.e. the eyes and ears method), and they won't use new resources for doing so. The real question is how high these adults judge their current quality of care.