The rising cost of health care was cited as a pressing concern by 85% of respondents to a recent survey – beating out the war in Iraq, cited by 79% of respondents
The survey of 2,758 U.S. adults 18 years of age or older, reported that 79% of American adults polled said universal coverage would improve health care quality. Additionally, 88% of respondents agreed being able to go to any doctor would improve the quality of their health care over the next five years.
Other survey results, according to the release, included:
- Women are more likely than men to think universal health care coverage would improve the quality of healthcare over the next 5 years (83% of women vs. 75% of men).
- Women (38%) are more likely than men (19%) to have failed to fill a prescription due to expense, and women (34%) are also more likely than men (22%) to delay medical procedures due to expense.
- 68% of adults indicated they thought it would improve the quality of health care over the next 5 years if individuals became less dependent on health insurance companies for the cost of their own healthcare. Men (71%) are more likely than women (66%) to indicate that they thought lower dependency would improve healthcare quality.
Source(s): Harris Interactive, American Society for Quality (ASQ)