Gallup and West Health just released a new survey, the largest of its kind since the start of the pandemic, shedding light on how dissatisfied Americans are with their healthcare system.
According to Common Dreams, the two organizations behind the new survey began the polling process by asking respondents to concisely describe the U.S. healthcare system in their own words. Nearly 40% used the word “expensive” and 13% said the system is “broken”—the two most common descriptors offered by respondents.
The groundbreaking data presented in this report captures a critical moment in healthcare and is direct evidence that beyond the threat of illness and death posed by COVID-19, rising costs and postponement of care in response to the pandemic are having a ripple effect on all other areas of the American healthcare experience, writes the report.
The survey continues saying nearly half of Americans agree the Covid crisis has given them a negative view of the current healthcare system with costs being the highest in the world.
“It’s been decades in the making after failed promises by elected officials to do something to help Americans suffering at the hand of high prices for healthcare and prescription drugs. However, public opinion plays an important role in the policy process, and if policymakers are listening, they have no choice but to act,” says West Health chief strategy officer Tim Lash.