34% Rate U.S. Health Care System as Good or Excellent

Just 34% of Americans rate the U.S. healthcare system as good or excellent while 28% rate it as poor. A new ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 38% rate it as fair.

Those results are similar to polling from a month ago. They suggest that people believe our health care system remains broken. That attitude was in place before Obamacare was passed and it remains there today. President’s Obama’s signature plan did not break our health care system as some Republicans believe. But it did not fix the system either, as some Democrats believe.

It’s important to note that assessments of the overall quality of American health care did not hold when respondents were asked about their own health care. Seventy-three percent (73%) of voters said their health care was good or excellent, up from 68% in August.

Meanwhile, 71% of all respondents rated their health insurance coverage as good or excellent. That too is up from the 67% who said the same in August.

Additionally, 80% rate their own health as good/excellent (see question wording and crosstab results).

The strong numbers on personal health care underscore the difficulties politicians have when it comes to convincing voters to support any changes in the current system.

The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted September 23-24, 2018 for ScottRasmussen.com by HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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Health care is the top issue on voters’ mind for Election 2018, followed closely by the economy and immigration. That’s largely because it so personally impacts everyone. At some point in their life, 38% of American voters have put off a doctor’s visit due to the costs involved. Additionally, 35% have been unable at some point to schedule a doctor’s appointment when they needed one; 33% have failed to fill a prescription due to cost concerns; and, 26% have been unable to find a doctor covered by their insurance company.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) believe it is Very Important to provide every American with Access to quality health care. A similar number (64%) support the concept of single-payer health care, but not as the term is typically discussed in Washington. Senator Bernie Sanders and others envision eliminating private insurance options. Only 19% of voters support that approach.

In health care, as in most things, voters tend to see competition as a better option than regulation. Most believe new technologies will have a bigger impact on health care rather than new government policies. This is true even though voters dramatically underestimate the pace of  tech changes in health care.

Neither Scott Rasmussen nor ScottRasmussen.com has any relationship with Rasmussen Reports® (see About Us).

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