Gallup: Most Americans Satisfied With Current Health Coverage

Monday, 25 Nov 2013 12:55 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Americans have a very positive view of their current healthcare coverage, with 69 percent of respondents in the latest Gallup survey saying their personal insurance is excellent or good.

But only 32 percent of respondents in Gallup's annual Health and Healthcare poll released Monday said they have a positive view of healthcare coverage across the rest of the country.

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The survey of 1,039 adults taken Nov. 7-10, also found that 59 percent of Americans are satisfied with the cost of their coverage, a number that has been fairly consistent in the annual poll over the past decade. At the same time, however, only 24 percent are satisfied with costs across the nation when compared to their own.

Gallup researchers noted that it's not unusual for there to be discrepancies between how Americans view their personal healthcare situation relative to the rest of the nation.

The poll also found that a majority of Americans, 54 percent, have a positive view of the quality of U.S. healthcare, but that figure is down from 62 percent last year and in 2010. However, the latest survey shows revealed 79 percent of respondents are very satisfied with the quality of that personal care, a figure that has remained consistent over the last decade.

Still, a majority of Americans, 52 percent, think the U.S. healthcare system has problems, but only 21 percent believe it is in crisis. But the latter figure is significantly up from 2001 when only 5 percent said it was in a state of crisis.

About 19 percent of Americans — nearly twice as many as a few months ago — now view healthcare as the most important problem facing the nation compared to just a few months ago, which is likely the result of the increased focus on Obamacare since the troubled launch of the HealthCare.gov website Oct. 1.

However, 56 percent of respondents in the Gallup survey do not think it is the government's responsibility to make sure Americans carry health insurance, and 61 percent said they prefer a healthcare system based on private insurance. Thirty-four percent said they prefer a government-run system.

Gallup report the poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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