Raising Women’s Voices

Majority of Americans are in favor of major overhauls in health care system

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on October 10, 2008

The Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 11th annual Health Confidence Survey continues to find that rising costs of health care are affecting the way in which Americans use the system.  Although the economy (33%) and rising fuel costs (24%) were listed by survey respondents as the biggest crises facing America today – compared to just 13% stating health care – this could be related to the fact that 49% of the survey respondents answered that they were very or extremely satisfied with quality of the care but only 17% with the cost. For instance, 27% of respondents report troubles affording basic necessities becayse of increased health costs, and 34% report difficulty with paying other bills.

20% of Americans say there is so much wrong with our health care system that it needs to be completely overhauled. 51% agree with the statement “there are some good things about our health care system, but major changes are needed.” A majority rate the nation’s health care system as fair (29 percent) or poor (31 percent). Only a small minority give it excellent (4 percent) or very good (11 percent) marks.”

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