Health industry diseased, voters don’t trust politicians to find a cure

Iowa voters’ survey concludes current approach to health care all wrong

  • A survey conducted by the national, non-profit, non-partisan group CodeBlueNow!, published Oct.9, found that a majority of its 601 Iowa-voter subjects agree that the current health-care system is broken
  • Only 22 percent said they trust the federal government to fix the system
  • Only 12 percent said they think the presidential election will improve health care in the United States
  • 63 percent said there is already enough money going into health-care policy, but it is not being spent effectively or efficiently

Voters want a new focus, more accountability

  • Most people surveyed (63 percent) said the focus of a new health care system should be on disease prevention, rather than developing high-technology cures
  • 75 percent said there should be more accountability and public reporting in the health-care industry, like we have in public companies, such as electric and water companies
  • 74 percent said there should be uniform health-care guidelines for professionals to use (with regard to explaining costs and benefits so patients can make good choices)

Cost, cost, cost

  • 14 percent of those surveyed are satisfied with the cost of health care
  • When asked about the worst thing about the health care system, 43 percent said its cost, while 30 percent said coverage issues
  • 34 percent said they were “very dissatisfied” with the cost of health care in the U.S., and 27 percent said they were “dissatisfied”

Summary findings

  • In the study’s conclusion, its authors noted the following:
    • “Although [those surveyed] see the need for reform, there is no clear consensus about who should lead the charge, who should oversee a national health care system if one emerges, or how it should be paid for. Most voters find the idea of a non-partisan, non-profit organization of citizens and professionals appealing for this role but many want assurances about the expertise of the people within the organization, its goals and how it will be funded. While they do not trust government to solve the problem, they may not embrace a completely private-sector organization either. The only clear agreement is that whatever group tackles the problem needs to rely heavily on health care professionals for advice and counsel.”
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