On Health Care, Americans Favor Competition and Technology over Government Solutions

A new national survey by ScottRasmussen.com shows that 42% of voters believe more competition will do more than government regulations to improve the quality of medical care in America. Just 22% believe more regulation is the answer.

In an almost identical split, 45% of respondents say increased competition between providers will do more to lower medical costs. That’s opposed to 23% who say more government regulations would get prices down (see question wording and crosstab results).

When the choice is between technology and government, the results are similar. Fifty-three percent (53%) say new technologies will have more impact on American health care in the future. Just 23% think new government policies will be more dominant. These attitudes have changed little since August.

Other recent polling shows there is great confusion about the concept of “Medicare for All.” The Job Creators Network/ScottRasmussen.com Weekly Pulse found that 35% of Americans have never heard of it. The rest believe it means a variety of things. Only 15% think it resembles the plan advocated by Bernie Sanders. The results are consistent with earlier data showing strong voter resistance to Single-Payer Health Care.

The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted October 16-17, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and sample Demographics). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

Younger voters are more likely than their elders to trust government more for health care solutions. By a narrow 32% to 23% margin, voters aged 18-34 place more faith in government regulations to improve the quality of care.  Thirty-six percent of those young voters believe competition will do more to bring prices down while 32% say more government regulation (32%) is the way to go.

Beyond technology and policies, 81% say a person’s health and quality of life is more effected by lifestyle choices than the form of medical care they receive. Only 19% disagree.

Speaking of technology, a majority of respondents (57%) say smartphone apps and other devices that help people monitor their health do improve the health of the user. Forty-three percent (43%) disagree.

Health care has consistently led most polls as the top issue in the upcoming midterm elections.  And just 34% of voters rate the U.S. health care system as good or excellent.

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