Fifty percent (50%) of voters nationwide believe that nurses are paid too little. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 42% believe they are paid the right amount and 8% believe they are overpaid. Older voters are more likely than others to believe that nurses are underpaid (see question wording and crosstab results).
As for doctors, half (53%) believe they are paid the right amount. However, 34% believe they are paid too much and only 13% believe they are paid too little.
This survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted for ScottRasmussen.com on September 18-19, 2018 by HarrisX, a leading research firm specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). The statistical margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
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.
Thirty-eight percent (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.
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