Some Americans willing to use docs not covered by insurance

A Wall Street Journal/Harris Interactive poll finds that Americans with insurance are willing to pay out of their own pockets for access to quality care. According to a poll released Tuesday, one-in-six patients say they "sometimes use a doctor who does not take their health insurance." A further 42 percent percent said they would be willing to "pay the full cost of a doctors visit for specialized treatments or services." Tellingly, about 33 percent say they would be willing to foot the cost of a bill themselves if it meant they could see a doctor on nights or weekends. The majority of those willing to pay more, of course, have higher incomes.

- see this story from The Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)