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Thomson Reuters Survey: Americans Skeptical that Healthcare Reform Will Improve Quality or Affordability
Date:8/25/2009

Study Suggests Division, Ambivalence and Hesitancy to Change; Demographics Play Role

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Americans lack confidence that healthcare reform will deliver more affordable or better quality medical care, according to a survey released today by the Thomson Reuters.

The study, which tracks consumer attitudes toward healthcare reform, addresses a wide range of issues including the cost and quality of healthcare, the prospect of higher taxes, and satisfaction with physicians and insurance coverage.

The analysis is based on a telephone survey of 3,007 households conducted from July 28 to August 9 -- a segment of the Thomson Reuters PULSE Healthcare Survey, the nation's largest and longest running privately funded survey exploring healthcare behaviors, attitudes and utilization.

Here are the key findings:

  • Lack of Faith That Reform Will Improve Cost or Quality: A minority of survey respondents (37.9 percent) believes healthcare reform will improve the cost of care. Even fewer (30.3 percent) believe it will improve the quality of care.

  • Ambivalence Regarding Federal Oversight: 44.5 percent believe the federal government should play an "active" or "very active" role in the oversight of healthcare, while 53.3 percent said the government should be "somewhat active" or "not at all active."

  • Most Believe Americans Should Get the Best Care, But Don't: 71 percent of respondents agree or strongly agree that Americans are "entitled to the best healthcare available." However, fewer than half (46.3 percent) believe the United States has the best healthcare system. More than one in four said they don't know which country has the best care; 11.3 percent said it was Canada.


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