Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues…

Source: Health Care Priorities: February 2004 (3)

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…?

Among TOTAL Respondents

 

Very Important

Somewhat Important

Not too Important

Not at all Important

DK/Ref.

Increasing the number of Americans covered by health insurance

77

16

3

2

2

Lowering the cost of medical malpractice insurance for physicians

53

31

7

5

5

Lowering the cost of prescription drugs

82

13

2

2

1

Lowering the cost of health insurance

82

13

2

2

1

Improving the quality of medical care

70

20

5

3

2

Reducing racial disparities in medical care

58

22

5

8

7

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

75

21

2

1

1

Protecting the privacy of medical records

61

28

6

3

1

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

Among TOTAL Respondents (Summary)

25% Lowering the cost of health insurance
21 Increasing the number of Americans covered by health insurance
15 Lowering the cost of prescription drugs
11 Helping families with the cost of caring for elderly or disabled family members who need long-term help
9 Improving the quality of medical care
5 Lowering the cost of medical malpractice insurance for physicians
3 Protecting the privacy of medical records
1 Reducing racial disparities in medical care
1 (VOL.) Other issue is most important
6 (VOL.) All the same/equally important
1 None Very Important
1 Don’t know/Refused

‡ Also includes those who named only one issue as “very important”

Survey by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Harvard School of Public Health. Methodology: Fieldwork conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates, February 5-8, 2004 and based on telephone interviews with a national adult sample of 1,201.

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