Public Attitudes About Health-Care Costs
Blendon, Robert J.
Altman, Drew E.
New England Journal of Medicine. 1984 Aug 30; 311(9): 613-616.
An analysis of recent national public opinion polls, surveys, and studies reveals that Americans rank rising costs as the number one problem in health care but are unwilling to adopt any solution that would dramatically alter their own medical care arrangements. Biomedical breakthroughs and lifestyle changes are supported but, of proposed short term solutions, only limited regulation of reimbursement and voluntary use of alternative health plans are deemed acceptable. In view of this public ambivalence, the authors recommend that the nation's leaders cease the search for a single solution and build a consensus around a cost containment program that realistically reflects public opinion. (KIE abstract)
Attitudes; Biomedical Research; Biomedical Technologies; Consensus; Containment; Economics; Financial Support; Government; Government Regulation; Health; Health Care; Health Maintenance Organizations; Indigents; Insurance; Lifestyle; Medicine; Organizations; Physicians; Preventive Medicine; Public Opinion; Regulation; Research; State Medicine; Statistics; Survey; Surveys;