Health Care:

Employers and Individual Consumers Want Additional Information on Quality

HEHS-95-201: Published: Sep 29, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 1995.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on health care quality issues, focusing on: (1) how consumers use health care performance reports that contain comparative data on the quality of health care providers; and (2) what information consumers consider most important.

GAO found that: (1) employers and individuals use information that measures and compares the quality of health care furnished by providers and health plans when making purchasing decisions; (2) consumers want performance reporting efforts to continue and are requesting that more data be made publicly available; (3) consumers want standardized and comparable health care information to assess health care providers' or health plans' performance; (4) many employers get health care performance data through business coalitions, consultants, and their own data collection efforts; and (5) although employers have begun cooperating with one another to enhance their purchasing decisions, few employers make health care data available to their employees.

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