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Health-Care Reforms Aren't Seen as Helpful by Most Polled

Magazine article Drug Topics

Health-Care Reforms Aren't Seen as Helpful by Most Polled

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More executives at chain headquarters are upbeat about President Clinton's new health-care reform plan than are pharmacists who own their own stores. But majorities in both groups don't expect any health-care reforms to solve their most vexing common problems: discriminatory pricing, freedom of choice, mail-order pharmacy, high drug prices, and low third-party reimbursement.

This seeming contradiction about what health-care reform will or won't do is perhaps best explained by the relatively large percentages who frankly admit they don't know what the general or specific impact will be. As many as one in three respondents confesses to uncertainty.

Asked after the President formally unveiled the outline of his proposal in a televised address to the nation, four of 10 independents felt it would have a somewhat or very negative effect on pharmacy. Some 27% said the impact would be positive, and 33% were undecided. On the chain side, 41% of the respondents felt that there would be a positive effect for pharmacy in 1994. Another 29% said the plan would have a negative effect, and about the same percentage said they didn't know.

One-fourth of the independents polled expected that the plan would cut deeply into their profits. …

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