Public satisfaction with the health care system in the United States has fallen to low levels. About 12% of adults say healthcare is handled “very or very well”, while 32% say it is generally handled “fairly well”.
A. said. “Navigating the American healthcare system is very frustrating,” Mark Vendrick, director of the Center for Value-Based Insurance Design at the University of Michigan, told the Associated Press.
“The COVID pandemic made things worse,” he said.
About two-thirds of respondents supported the federal government’s role in the COVID-19 pandemic and said investments in tests, treatments, and vaccines have been good. Seniors and Democrats were more supportive, though young people and Republicans were generally supportive of the effort.
At the same time, nearly 8 in 10 survey respondents said they were at least “somewhat concerned” about getting quality healthcare when they need it. More specifically, black and Latino adults expressed significant concerns, with 6 in 10 saying they were “very or very concerned” about receiving quality care, compared to 44% of white adults.
About 53% of women said they were very worried or worried about getting quality care, compared to 42% of men.
Survey respondents also gave low scores to costs of prescription drugs, quality of care in nursing homes, and handling of mental health care in the country. About 6% of adults said that these health services function well in the country.
In terms of solutions to health care reform, Americans have expressed support for some programs but disagreed about others.
About half of the respondents supported a greater government role in healthcare for the elderly. They said Medicare and Medicaid should pay for continuing living assistance for seniors, along with private insurance companies. There has also been bipartisan support for many policies to pay for long-term care and deliver care.
About 75% of adults said they would prefer long-term care coverage through Medicare Advantage or supplemental insurance. About two-thirds support a government-run long-term care insurance program, government funding for low-income people to receive long-term care at home, or a Social Security earnings credit to provide care for their loved ones.
Expanding Medicare coverage for certain services has been incredibly popular across all ages, racial and ethnic groups, and party identities. More than 8 in 10 adults said Medicare should be expanded to include dental care, eye exams, hearing aids and long-term care.
Furthermore, about 66% of respondents said the federal government should ensure that all Americans have Medicare coverage. Adults between the ages of 18 and 49 were more likely than those over the age of 50 to express this opinion. Compared to previous AP-NORC polls, the overall percentage who support the federal government’s role in health care has increased in recent years, from 57% in 2019 and 52% in 2017.
About 40% of adults support a single-payer health care system that requires people to get their health insurance from a state plan, and 58% said they would support a new state health insurance plan that anyone can buy. About two-thirds said Americans should pay less for their health care, even if it means paying more in taxes.
The survey, which was conducted between July 28 and August 1, included interviews with 1,500 adults nationwide.