|By PR Newswire||
|October 3, 2013 12:31 PM EDT||
In the news release, Georgia Voters Support Patients Compensation System to Curb Healthcare Costs, issued 02-Oct-2013 by McLaughlin & Associates over PR Newswire, the source of the press release should read McLaughlin & Associates rather than Shirley & Banister Public Affairs as incorrectly transmitted by PR Newswire. The complete, corrected release follows:
Georgia Voters Support Patients Compensation System to Curb Healthcare Costs
WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With rising healthcare costs a concern, a new poll by McLaughlin & Associates finds strong support among Georgia voters for the proposed Patients Compensation System as a concept to curb healthcare costs, reduce the practice of defensive medicine and give more patients access to justice.
The statewide poll released today, shows by a 3-1 majority, registered voters favor replacing the current medical malpractice system with the proposed PCS. Sixty-one percent favors the idea when they heard the concept would include an independent medical review board of doctors, nurses, hospital administrators and other certified personnel to determine whether negligence had occurred and that claims would be paid in six to nine months.
Seventy-three percent preferred a Patients Compensation System that paid out claims quickly compared to the current protracted legal system that can take up to seven years.
Almost two-thirds of all voters said they were more likely to support a candidate who backed this reform.
"Georgians are telling us they want something that will reduce healthcare costs and will compensate patients more quickly and fairly," said John McLaughlin, founder of the firm. "This should be easy for Georgia lawmakers to embrace."
Georgia Sen. Brandon Beach introduced Senate Bill 141 which would create a Patients Compensation System and replace Georgia's current medical malpractice system. It is currently before the Senate Health Committee for a series of hearings this fall.
The McLaughlin poll had other significant findings:
- When told the plan would cut healthcare costs so premiums, co-pays and deductibles would be more affordable, 85 percent said they supported PCS.
- When told the proposal would redirect money from attorneys and insurance companies so harmed patients would be compensated more quickly, 83 percent said they supported it.
- When told that a PCS would save Georgia taxpayers $6.9 billion over the first decade which could be used for schools, roads and highways, 80 percent said they supported it.
- When told the PCS would ensure that 100 percent of legitimately injured patients would receive compensation compared to less than 20 percent under the current system, 80 percent said they supported it.
- When told that PCS would allow patients to keep 100 percent of their compensation compared to less than 50 percent under the current legal system, 80 percent supported it.
"Georgians obviously see the current system isn't working and another model is needed that not only brings down healthcare costs but is fairer to injured patients," McLaughlin said.
For survey information and results, go to: McLaughlin & Associates: Georgia Survey Findings
Methodology: The Georgia statewide survey was conducted among 800 general election likely voters from Aug. 5 to Aug. 8, 2013. Certain questions were split into proportionate samples of 400 likely voters. All interviews were conducted by professional interviewers via telephone. Among the 800 interviews, 240 (30 percent) and 560 (70 percent) were cell phones and landline interviews, respectively. Interview selection was at random within predetermined election units. These units were structured to statistically correlate with actual general election voter turnout. The accuracy of the sample of 800 likely general election voters is within +/- 3.4 percent at a 95 percent confident interval. The accuracy of the 400 split sample is within +/- 4.9 percent at a 95 percent confidence interval.
SOURCE McLaughlin & Associates