Survey: Confidence in U.S. Healthcare Up

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Forty percent of U.S. adults sat they have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the U.S. medical system, the highest since 2005, survey indicates.

The medical system ranks fifth out of 16 institutions tested in Gallup’s annual Confidence in Institutions poll. Confidence in the medical system hit a high of 44 percent in 2003 and 2004, but hit a low of 31 percent in 2007, the pollsters say.

This year’s confidence in the medical system is up 4 percentage points from last year, the poll says.

Officials at Gallup say the poll is a good baseline indication — four months after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law.

“Major provisions that will affect the way health insurance plans work, including the elimination of lifetime limits on coverage and prohibiting insurance companies from rescinding coverage, have yet to be implemented,” Gallup said in a statement.

“These changes and others could have a significant impact on Americans’ perceptions of HMOs and the medical system as a whole.”

The telephone — landline and cellphone — survey was conducted July 8-11 of 1,020 U.S. adults and has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

However, Americans’ confidence in health maintenance organizations is less than half that of the medical system as a whole — 19 percent express a high level of confidence in HMOs, up 1 percentage point from last year.

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