Americans give failing marks to U.S. health-care system
New this a.m.: Nearly half of adults give the country’s healthcare system a poor or failing grade, according to a new West Health-Gallup poll, which found that Americans across party lines see lobbying and partisan politics as major barriers to finding solutions to address the rising costs of medicine.
By the numbers:
- Sixty-six percent of Americans report their household pays too much relative to the quality of care that it receives, up six points compared with April of last year, according to the poll, which surveyed more than 5,5000 adults.
- Six in 10 Americans report that cost is an important factor when considering a recommended medical procedure or medication.
- Half the country — an estimated 129 million adults — have low levels of confidence that they can afford healthcare as they age.
- Two in three Americans under 65 believe Medicare will not exist when they reach the age of eligibility.