A new survey from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that the general public is not very satisfied with health care in the United States, with less than half of these surveys indicating that it is generally well managed. . Only 12% rate it as extremely or very well managed.
Care for the elderly ranks even lower. When it comes to prescription drug costs, quality of nursing home care, and mental health, only 6% or less rated these services as very well performed.
Access to care is a major concern, with almost 80% of respondents indicating that they are at least moderately concerned about access to quality healthcare when they need it. Minority patients express great concern about access to health care, with six in 10 saying they are very or extremely concerned about getting good care, compared to less than half (44%) of whites. Women (53%) are more concerned than men (42%) on the same subject.
Despite a consensus on the health system to be improved, the people interviewed differ on the solutions. About two-thirds say it is the federal government’s responsibility for health care coverage, with adults under 50 more likely than those over to feel this way. The overall percentage of people who think health care is a government responsibility rose from 62% in 2017.
On single-payer health that would require Americans to buy their health insurance from the government, support is about four in 10, while 58% favor a government health insurance plan that everyone can buy. There is also broad support for help paying for long-term care.
Drug prices are always a concern, and 80% of respondents said they support the federal government negotiating prescription drug prices for programs like Medicare.