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National Survey on Medicare: The Next Big Health Policy Debate?

A survey of Americans on their knowledge and opinions about the proposed options for Medicare reform finds that most Americans know Medicare faces problems, but are not ready to make hard choices and are not well informed on the options, including Medicare+Choice. The Kaiser/Harvard National Survey on Medicare is a product of the Kaiser-Harvard Program on the Public and Health/Social Policy, which regularly conducts surveys on health and other national issues. It was designed and analyzed by researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. The survey was conducted by telephone by Princeton Survey Research Associates with 1909 adults (age 18 or older) nationwide between August 14 and September 20, 1998.