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New Poll Gauges South Florida's Views on Health Care
Date:2/13/2008

Cost the Critical Healthcare Concern, Complexity of Information Clouds the Picture

MIAMI, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Residents of the greater Miami area point to cost as their biggest healthcare concern and find information about the cost and other aspects of health care coverage to be complex and confusing. They are paying close attention to presidential candidates on health care and want more information from the candidates about the bottom line cost for them and for the country. They say the top health care priorities for the candidates should be to provide health insurance to all children, improve prescription drug coverage, and control rising health care costs. Residents also give mixed reviews to the quality of health care in the Miami area, but most are satisfied with their own health care.

These are just a few of the key findings of a new poll released today as part of "The American Public on Health Care: The Missing Perspective," a project of The Council for Excellence in Government with expert guidance from the Institute of Medicine at the National Academies. The survey -- conducted by the Gallup Organization -- will be a focal point of discussion at a town hall meeting tonight at the University of Miami. The Accenture Institute for Public Service Value is supporting this project and conducting research on international health.

Cost is the Biggest Health Care Concern

48% of Greater Miami area residents say that cost is their biggest health care concern, versus 37% who say quality and 9% who say being able to get health care. Only 40% are satisfied with their out-of-pocket health care costs, the lowest rating given to any dimension of their health plans.

Greater Miami area residents are more likely to say that information about costs is complex and confusing than most other types of information they have about their health plans (38%). And, when asked about the importance of different factors when
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