New Polling Results on the use of cost-effectiveness assessments
In November, 2021, Morning Consult ran a poll, conducted biannually, on behalf of Partnership to Improve Patient Care, focusing on the use of cost-effectiveness assessments to determine the value of coverage and treatment costs. As in previous years, the survey found that Americans want patients and their doctors in charge of health care decision making and are opposed to the use of cost assessments such as Quality-Adjusted Life Year (QALY).
Today, PIPC Chairman Tony Coelho published an opinion piece in Morning Consult about the poll, stating, “Ten years after the Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC) released its first public opinion survey, our latest poll released today underscores how vitally important it is for lawmakers to maintain and strengthen safeguards for patients and people with disabilities in all health care policies.” Chairman Coelho was heartened to see the National Council on Disability — an independent federal agency that advises Congress and the administration on disability policy — recently come out with targeted recommendations to strengthen BBBA by including meaningful protections against government use of discriminatory cost-effectiveness thresholds based on the quality-adjusted life year (QALY). He emphasized that this recommendation represents an important step in protecting patients and patients with disabilities.