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U.S. plans stealth survey on access to doctor offices

WASHINGTON — Alarmed by a shortage of primary care doctors, Obama administration officials are recruiting a team of “mystery shoppers” to pose as patients, call doctors’ offices and request appointments to see how difficult it is for people to get care when they need it.

They will be posing as a patient and calling a doctor's office up to 3 times. Once as a new patient with private insurance. Secondly as a new patient with gov't health insurance - medicaid/medicare. Eleven percent of the doctors will be called a third time by someone identifying themself from US HHS to ask what types of insurance they accept and compare those answers to the ones the "patients" got.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/27/health/policy/27docs.html?hp

Your thoughts? Is this another power grab and a waste of tax dollars?

Interesting that they hired the National Opinion Research Center from the University of Chicago to do the information gathering.

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DSamuels

Asked by DSamuels at 8:54 PM on Jun. 26, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • They are going to manage to tick off a whole lot of drs. The AMA is going to be withdrawing their endorsement of Obamacare soon, so the drs are now the enemy of the adm.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 8:57 PM on Jun. 26, 2011

  • Oh for crying out loud! Does it ever stop! How much is this costing us? A bunch of knee jerks with nothing better to do than to waste tax-payers dollars on b.s. the common people can tell them for free!
    Kathy675

    Answer by Kathy675 at 9:00 PM on Jun. 26, 2011

  • – collapse
    I am assuming that you don't know that THAT is how they do market research?
    minnesotanice

    Answer by minnesotanice at 9:07 PM on Jun. 26, 2011 (hidden) + expand

  • I am assuming that you don't know that THAT is how they do market research?
    minnesotanice

    Answer by minnesotanice 4 minutes ago
    30620 Level 27 1 star1 star1 star Politics & Current Events Major


    LMAO, WHEN THE HELL DID THE US GOV BECOME A MARKETING FIRM?????
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 9:12 PM on Jun. 26, 2011

  • Federal officials said the initial survey would cost $347,370. Dr. Hogue said the money could be better spent on the training or reimbursement of primary care doctors. The White House defended the survey, saying a similar technique had been used on a smaller scale in President George W. Bush’s administration
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    Guess this is nothing new,huh?
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/27/health/policy/27docs.html?_r=1&hp
    minnesotanice

    Answer by minnesotanice at 9:12 PM on Jun. 26, 2011

  • But the white house does not say what that was and if it were used then, it was wrong.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 9:16 PM on Jun. 26, 2011

  • Is it ok for Jeffrey Dahmer to have killed all those people because Richard Shawcross did it too?
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 9:16 PM on Jun. 26, 2011

  • The White House defended the survey, saying a similar technique had been used on a smaller scale in President George W. Bush’s administration

    Why am I not surprised they blamed Bush? According to the WH everything is Bush's fault. He must have given them the idea. The only thing different is that Bush did it on a smaller scale and they don't tell us the cost. I'm betting it was much smaller also.
    DSamuels

    Comment by DSamuels (original poster) at 9:19 PM on Jun. 26, 2011

  • he only thing different is that Bush did it on a smaller scale and they don't tell us the cost.

    Nor do they tell us just what was done.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 9:26 PM on Jun. 26, 2011

  • Hey---facts are facts. They are not "blaming Bush". They just explained that this has been done before. I know it breaks the hearts of Repubs who liked good old George and all the other Repub Presidents when something like this happens.....but they are not that perfect. In fact they are all imperfect. Get used to it. hehe.
    minnesotanice

    Answer by minnesotanice at 9:27 PM on Jun. 26, 2011

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