medical costs poll

“Americans have mixed assessments about the overall value of medical treatments today, even while a strong majority says science has generally improved the quality of U.S. health care, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey,” write Isadora Milanez and Mark Strauss on the Pew Research blog. “At the same time, a substantial majority considers quality health care unaffordable. Overall, 48% of U.S. adults say medical treatments are ‘worth the costs because they allow people to live longer and better quality lives,’ while a similar share (51%) says such treatments ‘often create as many problems as they solve.’ The survey also finds that 90% of Americans believe science has had a mostly positive effect on the quality of health care. … While Americans are closely divided in their views of the overall value of medical treatments, a majority of Americans (83%), regardless of their income, say a big problem is that the high cost of medical treatments makes quality care unaffordable. Just 14% say cost is a small problem and 3% say it is not a problem.” Isadora Milanez and Mark Strauss, “Most in US say high costs of medical treatments are a big problem,” Pew Research Center.

medical costs poll

Jeanne Pinder

Jeanne Pinder  is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded...