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December 2003 – KHPR Survey – Pop Up

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Poll Report Survey

Now, I’m going to read you some different health care issues. As I read each one, please tell me how important you think it is for the President and Congress to deal with this issue – very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important. (First,) how important is this issue…?

Very important


Somewhat important

Not too important

Not at all important

Don’t Know/ Refused

Increasing the number of Americans covered by health insurance

75%

17%

4%

2%

2%

Lowering the cost of medical malpractice insurance for physicians

49%

34%

6%

6%

4%

Lowering the cost of prescription drugs

79%

16%

2%

2%

1%

Lowering the cost of health insurance

81%

15%

2%

2%

1%

Improving the quality of medical care

68%

21%

6%

4%

1%

Reducing racial disparities in medical care

53%

26%

7%

6%

9%

Helping families with the cost of caring for elderly or disabled family members who need long-term help

73%

22%

3%

2%

*

Protecting the privacy of medical records

60%

27%

8%

3%

2%

Which of the following issues you say are very important do you think is MOST important?

(Also includes those who named only one issue as very important.)

Note: *=less than .5%

Most important

Increasing the number of Americans covered by health insurance

19%

Lowering the cost of medical malpractice insurance for physicians

5%

Lowering the cost of prescription drugs

15%

Lowering the cost of health insurance

24%

Improving the quality of medical care

10%

Reducing racial disparities in medical care

2%

Helping families with the cost of caring for elderly or disabled family members who need long-term help

13%

Protecting the privacy of medical records

3%

Other issue is most important (volunteered)

1%

All the same/equally important (volunteered)

6%

None very important

2%

Don’t know/Refused

1%

Survey by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Methodology: Fieldwork conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates, December 3-7, 2003 and based on telephone interviews with a national adult sample of 1,206.

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