There’s a controversy brewing about McKinsey’s survey of firms regarding health reform. (See here and here and here for more on this controversy.) I don’t think this survey is great from a survey design perspective. To me that’s not the interesting issue. To my mind, the survey is some combination of sales pitch/market research for McKinsey’s own consulting practice. That’s probably true of most surveys conducted by consulting firms.
The more interesting question is simpler: What are consultants saying to employers, benefit management firms, insurers, hospitals, medical device makers, and others about health reform? What are they being asked about? Do these questions and answers match the questions policy wonks are asking and answering about health reform? Given the many large uncertainties out there concerning businesses’ perceptions and behavior, and regarding the on-the-ground impact of specific provisions, I’d really love to know.
Can any of you readers help me?