34% Rate U.S. Health Care System as Good or Excellent; 27% Say Poor

Thirty-four percent (34%) of voters nationwide rate the U.S. health care system as good or excellent.  Since August, regular polling by ScottRasmussen.com has shown the number offering such a positive assessment has stayed between 30% and 38% (see topline trends).

The new ScottRasmussen.com national survey also  shows that 39% now rate the U.S. health care system as just fair, and 27% rate it as poor.

ScottRasmussen.com tracks ratings of the health care system and related items at least twice a month. Latest results are always released on this page. We also provide weekly updates of economic confidence and frequent updates of polling on immigrationCongress, the Supreme Court, and trust in government.

Thirty-nine percent (39%) of men rate the U.S. health care system as good or excellent along with 31% of women (see crosstab results).

Despite skepticism about the health care system, 77% rate their own health as good or excellent, 69% say the same about their own insurance coverage, and 76% of voters rate the medical care they receive in such positive terms.

On the other side of the equation, 8% rate their insurance coverage as poor. Six percent (6%) say the same about the medical care they receive.

Sixty-one percent (61%) of voters nationwide believe that apps and devices monitoring health, fitness, and diet lead to improved health. Eighty-three percent agree that a person’s lifestyle choices have a bigger impact than medical care on a person’s health and quality of life.

Most voters (52%) believe that new technologies will have a bigger positive impact on health care than new government policies. Just 28% believe government policies will have a bigger impact while 21% are not sure.

Related data shows that voters are largely unaware of new technologies enabling self-monitoring of EKG’s and x-rays.

When having unfamiliar medical symptoms, 75% of voters are at least somewhat likely to visit medical websites to learn about possible causes. Eighty percent (80%) consider such websites to be at least somewhat reliable. Seventy-one percent (71%) believe they generally do more harm than good.

Just 15% have ever had an online telemedicine visit (i.e., a doctor’s appointment via live video using programs or apps like Skype or FaceTime). Not surprisingly, that figure is much higher for younger voters. Another 36% are at least somewhat likely try an online telemedicine visit in the future (see question wording and results).

Scott Rasmussen has written about how Americans continue to reject the regulatory state. This rejection has significant implications for those who dream of a single-payer health care system. Only 17% of voters support Senator Bernie Sanders’ plan to ban private insurance companies and require everyone to use a federal health care system.

Health care consistently ranked as the top issue for voters throughout the 2018 midterm election process, and many Congressional Democrats are now touting a “Medicare of all” plan.  During the election, voters without health insurance were fairly evenly divided on their Congressional vote. Not only that, voters remain evenly divided on key health care trade-offs.

Our most recent release shows that, in terms of addressing health care concerns, voters prefer more competition rather than more government regulation. That’s consistent with a long-standing voter desire for more choice and less politics in the health care system.

In today’s political environment, the top voter priority is protecting those with pre-existing conditions. Number two on the voter list was requiring health insurance companies to offer a variety of health insurance options, including more expensive plans with comprehensive coverage and less expensive plans that cover only basic health care needs.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted April 10-11, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and 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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