Poll Shows 8 in 10 Americans Say They Are Concerned About Access to Health Care

New survey data available Monday shows just 12% of Americans think healthcare in the United States is handled “extremely” or “very” well, further evidence of the deep unpopularity of a profit-driven system that has left roughly 30 million without insurance coverage and contributed to the country’s stunning decline in life expectancy.

The new Associated Press/NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll finds that 56% of the U.S. public believe healthcare in general is handled “not too well” or “not at all well,” while 32% believe healthcare is handled “somewhat well.”

Only 1 in 10 Americans believe that the U.S. healthcare system and older adult healthcare are well managed or excellent.

“The poll reveals that public satisfaction with the U.S. healthcare system is remarkably low, with fewer than half of Americans saying it is generally handled well,” AP notes. “The poll shows an overwhelming majority of Americans, nearly 8 in 10, say they are at least moderately concerned about getting access to quality healthcare when they need it.”

It will not surprise anyone who has tried to navigate the area. byzantine U.S. healthcare system To receive basic care, which is often available at such prohibitively high costs Millions of people are forced to work each year. skip treatments Avoid financial ruin as insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies make a lot of money huge profits.

The APBased on interviews with 1,505 adults in the U.S. between July 28th and August 1, 2022, /NORC results show that only 6% feel prescription drugs costs are being handled well or very well in the U.S., which has broad authority for pharmaceutical companies to set prices as they wish.

As for potential solutions to the country’s longstanding healthcare crises, the new poll shows that “about two-thirds of adults think it is the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage, with adults ages 18 to 49 more likely than those over 50 to hold that view.”

“The percentage of people who believe healthcare coverage is a government responsibility has risen in recent years, ticking up from 57% in 2019 and 62% in 2017,” AP notes.

More specifically, the survey shows just 40% for a “single-payer healthcare system that would require Americans to get their health insurance from a government plan.” Depending on how the question is framed and phrased, single-payer — more commonly called Medicare for All — has polled as high as 70% support.

According to the AP-NORC survey, 58% “say they favor a government health insurance plan that anyone can purchase” — a public option.

Recent research has shown that a Medicare for All system similar to the one proposed in new legislation is feasible. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D.Wash.) could have prevented hundreds of thousands Over the past two year, there have been a number of Covid-19 related deaths in the U.S.

“In the richest country in the world, no one should die or go into debt just because they don’t have access to healthcare,” Jayapal, the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, tweeted Last week. “We need Medicare for All now.”