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Majority Of People In US Seek Essential Changes In Health Care System

A new survey done in New York shows that patients, who experience the health care system on a first-hand basis, find there should //be a lot done for its improvement, with almost half the middle class families reporting problems paying for health care.

According to the survey by the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System, an astonishingly high amount of Americans, almost 42%have reported experiencing poor coordination, inefficient, or unsafe care at certain times during the past two years, which has even included unnecessary treatment suggested by doctors, the lack of communication between various doctors and nurses on vital information like test results, medical errors.

Overall, the survey found strong public support for efforts to improve care coordination, and a shared belief that expanded use of information technology and teams could improve the quality of care. An overwhelming majority--92%--said it is either very or somewhat important to have a medical home--one place or doctor responsible for providing and coordinating all of their medical care.

"Coordination and information are vital to improving our health care system. When care isn't coordinated there is a higher risk for unsafe care and duplicative or wasteful medical spending," said Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis. "This survey shows that patients place high value on having a medical home that coordinates all of a patient's care and provides better access to information and care. Unfortunately, the reality is that too many patients have short-term relationships with their physicians and rarely have easy access to their own medical records."

The nationally representative survey of over 1,000 adults reveals widespread concerns about the affordability of health care, access to quality care, and the safety and efficiency of care. The survey was conducted in June by Harris Interactive for the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a
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