In order to ensure that all Americans have access to health insurance,
those surveyed "strongly supported":
-- Expanding government programs, such as Medicare or Medicaid (43 percent)
-- Requiring all employers to pay toward subsidized health insurance for
employees (41 percent)
-- Requiring everyone to participate in some kind of health insurance plan
-- Providing tax breaks to help people pay for coverage they purchase on
their own (54 percent) and to help people pay for employer coverage (48
-- Allowing those who are uninsured to buy into government programs, like
Medicare and Medicaid (48 percent)
-- Allowing those who are uninsured to buy the health insurance coverage
offered to government employees (37 percent)
Migrating to new infrastructure
The survey also indicated that Americans are beginning to show support
for health care infrastructure that provides more transparency:
-- More than half of Americans (55 percent) say it's important for
providers to use electronic medical records, and four out of five say
these records should be stored in a central location so that their
health information could be shared by all health care providers they
authorize to use it.
-- More than half (56 percent) of Americans say the total cost of the
doctor or hospital would be "extremely" or "very"
important when choosing a provider through an objective rating system
(if the quality ratings were about equal).
Full results of the 2008 EBRI Health Confidence Survey are published in the October issue of EBRI Notes, which is available on EBRI's Web site at http://www.ebri.org.
About the EBRI Health Confidence Survey
The 2008 Healt
|SOURCE The Principal Financial Group|
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