Roughly Half of Doctors Say Pay Reform is Important

January 31, 2011 | Survey
Markle Health in a Networked Life

Key Findings

  • Roughly half of the public and doctors agree that reforming the way doctors are paid is an important step to improve the health care system.
  • More than 80 percent of the doctors say current pay for doctors is based primarily on the quantity of services they provide.
  • Only 20 percent of the public and 11 percent of the doctors say most doctors are paid primarily based on the quality of care they provide.


  • These findings indicate that majorities of the public and doctors surveyed say current payment is based on volume and view payment reform as an important step to improving health care.
  • Given that the survey was fielded in the aftermath of intense health care reform debates, it will be interesting to continue to track these public and provider perceptions.