November 2, 2009 - In the latest Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Health Care Opinion Leaders survey, experts in health care and health policy say they favor strengthening Medicare's ability to help control program costs and support broader health system reform.
April 27, 2009 - Nearly all respondents to the latest Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey agree that the U.S. must rein in the growth of health care spending, and most believe it is possible to hold the current percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) devoted to health care steady over the next decade.
November 3, 2008 - Leaders in health care and health care policy feel strongly that the way we pay for health care in the U.S. must be fundamentally reformed. The latest Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey reports that more than two-thirds of respondents expressed strong dissatisfaction with the current system, which is generally based on "fee-for-service" payment, saying the current system is not effective in encouraging high quality and efficient care.
July 26, 2005 - Medicare, enacted 40 years ago this month, has been a success in ensuring that elderly and disabled Americans have access to medical care, say the overwhelming majority of respondents to the latest Commonwealth Fund Health Care Opinion Leaders survey, an online survey of widely recognized U.S. experts in health care practice and policy.
June 24, 2005 - The Commonwealth Fund Survey of Older Adults, conducted from September to November of 2004, presents new information on the health and financial security of adults ages 50 to 70. The survey finds widespread support among older adults for policies that would help them save for their future health and long-term care costs not covered by Medicare, as well as broad support for policies that would allow them to buy into Medicare before age 65.
July 1, 2000 - This survey highlights the vulnerability of millions of midlife Americans to losing their job-based coverage in the face of heightened risk for chronic disease, disability, or loss of employment.
December 1, 1998 - This survey profiles beneficiaries' experiences getting health care and examines their exposure to financial burdens. The survey's findings underscore the diversity of the Medicare population and point to the challenge of improving protections for the relatively large share of beneficiaries with low incomes and/or health problems.