Friday, August 8, 2008

This Just In: The Percentages! (Again)

Wow! Here we go with another report. Two of them, even! The mountain of evidence that our health care system is fractured, costly, error prone, and generally not functioning just grew a bit higher. More reports have come to light this week. First, the survey entitled "Public Views on U.S. Health Care System Organization: A Call for New Directions," which questioned 1,004 adults about their views of and experience with the American health care system.

Once again, we find that the issues are so obvious you can almost predict what will be said.

  • 9 out of 10 want Presidential reforms to improve the quality of health care, ensure that all Americans have affordable care, and reduce the number of uninsured.
  • 8 out of 10 support efforts to improve health care performance, access, quality and cost.
  • 1 out of 3 said their doctors performed unnecessary procedures or ordered duplicate tests.
  • 47 percent said their health care was poorly coordinated.
  • 9 out of 10 consider it important that they have one place or one doctor responsible for their primary care and coordination of all their care.
  • 9 out of 10 wanted easier access to their medical records.
  • Nearly 3 out of 4 (73%) had trouble getting access to health care providers outside the hours of 9am-5pm, M-F without going to an emergency room.
  • 26% of adults with health insurance had trouble getting same or next day appointments with providers when ill.
  • 39% of adults with health insurance had trouble reaching their provider on the phone when needed.
All in all, 82% of Americans believe that the health care system is broken and in need complete restructuring and/or change on a fundamental level. Hopefully this will make an impact during the run for the White House. The vast majority of Americans want Health Care Reform Now!.

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