40% Rate U.S. Health Care System As Good/Excellent; 71% Say The Same About Their Insurance Coverage

The latest ScottRasmussen.com health care survey shows that 40% of voters nationwide rate the U.S. health care system as good or excellent. That’s the highest total in over a year of regular polling on the question (see topline trends).   The survey also found that 36% now rate the system as just fair while 24% say poor (see full crosstab results).

Despite a fair amount of skepticism about the health care system, just 4% say the medical care they receive is poor. Seventy-four percent (74%) say they receive good or excellent medical care.

As for insurance,  71% rate their existing coverage as good or excellent, 19% say fair, and 10% poor. Those numbers help explain why any plan that forces people to give up their current insurance runs into enormous political resistance. They also explain why just 17% of voters want to ban private health insurance companies.

Additionally, if the government were to ban private health insurance, 54% believe the government buy out the shareholders of existing health insurance companies. Just 10% believe the government should simply force the companies into bankruptcy.

These attitudes have generally held steady over the past year. Voters consistently express a preference for more choice and less politics in health care. Insurance coverage that restricts choice is considered “junk insurance” by a solid majority of voters. These preferences are part of a broad recognition that Americans have more power acting as consumers rather than voters.

Eighty-percent (80%) of voters favor providing financial assistance to people who cannot afford health insurance or medical care. However, only 46% believe such assistance should come from the federal government.

Forty-one percent (41%) of voters believe more competition between health care providers is more likely to improve the quality of medical than more government regulation. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 25% take the opposite view and 34% are not sure. By a similar margin (42% to 28%) voters believe competition would do more to reduce the cost of care.

As for the future of health care, 48% believe new technologies will have a bigger positive impact than new government policies. Twenty-nine percent (29%) take the opposite view. Democrats are evenly divided on whether technology and competition is better than government policies. Republicans strongly believe that technology and competition is the better approach. Independent voters lean in the GOP direction but are not certain (see crosstab results).

Protecting voters with pre-existing conditions remains the top priority for voters in any health care reform. Number two on the list is requiring health insurance companies to offer a variety of health insurance options. Voters want insurance providers to provide a mix of  more expensive plans with comprehensive coverage and less expensive plans that cover only basic health care needs. If they had the chance, 65% of workers would choose less health insurance coverage and more take home pay.

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

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.

Health care consistently ranked as the top issue for voters throughout the 2018 midterm election process.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 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted July 23-24, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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