Poll Takes PBOR Pulse

August 1, 2001 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Almost three-quarters of respondents in a recent poll will consider changing their health insurance to a more competitively priced policy if their premiums increase due to the Patients? Bill of Rights legislation.

An online poll conducted by ebix.com, a site where consumers can purchase health insurance, found that:

  • a little over half the sample agree that a $5 million limit should be placed on punitive damages awarded under the Patients’ Bill of Rights,
  • while 31% said there should be no limit at all, and
  • only 17% agreed with a smaller $500,000 limit

Other notable poll findings include:

  • almost 60% of respondents said that consumers would benefit the most if the bill were passed,
  • while 26% said that it would be the lawyers who gain the most, and
  • only 14% said it would be insurance companies

The poll, conducted between July 27 and 31, 2001, reflects the responses of 514 individuals.