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Reason-Rupe: In Addressing Health Care Needs, More Americans Trust Health Insurance Companies Than Government

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The recent national Reason-Rupe poll finds that 9 percent of Americans have a high level of trust in government in addressing their health care needs, compared to 27 percent who have a high level of trust in their health insurance companies. 26 percent of Americans report high levels of trust in their employer, and 46 percent in their hospital for addressing their health care needs.

In contrast, majorities of Americans place high levels of trust in their doctors (67 percent), pharmacists (56 percent), and themselves (76 percent) in addressing their health care needs.

Government was the only entity to receive greater low levels of trust than high levels of trust.

 

This may help explain the 50 percent of Americans with an unfavorable opinion of the new health care law passed by Congress in 2010, since much of the public debate over the law has focused on the role of government, health insurance companies, and employers in providing care, and less on the role of individuals and doctors.

Please rate on a scale of 1-7 the following things according to the level of trust you have in each in addressing your health care needs. With 7 indicating a high level of trust, 1 indicating a low level of trust, and 4 being neutral. The first one is…

 

Full poll results found here.

Nationwide telephone poll conducted March 10th-20th of both mobile and landline phones, 1200 adults, margin of error +/- 3 percent. Columns may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding. Full methodology can be found here

Emily Ekins is the director of polling for Reason Foundation where she leads the Reason-Rupe public opinion research project, launched in 2011. Follow her on Twitter @emilyekins.

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  1. Holy shit, who is the 1% that have “no trust at all” in addressing their own health care needs.

    1. The Stack family?

  2. You know, that rank ordering is actually pretty rational.

    As a hospital guy, I would like to see the trust level higher for them. As someone who is around doctors way too much, I think the trust level for them may be a little too high.

  3. With an insurance policy, I at least have a legally enforcable contract that says what the insurance will cover. If they don’t honor the agreement it I have recourse.

    If the government decides to cover treatment XYZ today, then changes it mind tomorrow, I am shit out of luck in a single-payer world. The IPAB, for example, is utterly unaccountable to me. I have no contract with it, as opposed to my current arrangement with my insurance company.

  4. As a doctor guy, I learned a long time ago that the trust level for hospital administrators, who will you screw you in a heartbeat for an extra nickel on their bottom line, is maybe a little high.

  5. what to do w all these wasted words when the mandates (individual & employeer) are upheld?! >gosh if only there was a word-fueled electric plant

  6. 9 percent of Americans have a high level of trust in government in addressing their health care needs, compared to 27 percent who have a high level of trust in their health insurance companies.

    False consciousness!!

  7. More Americans Trust Health Insurance Companies Than Government

    A couple of Daily Kose commentors described statements such as the one above as proof a certain self-hating, self-destructive psychological disorder afflicting many Americans.

    Isn’t an effort to rationalize an effect by blaming factors other than the actual cause also a sign of psychological problems?

  8. I trust Walgreens way more than doctors. I don’t mean the Walgreens pharmacist, I mean I trust the Walgreens aisle that dispenses cough drops and ibuprofen, my two primary health care purchases.

    1. Yeah I’ve seen more people frustrated with doctors who constantly repeat the line, “I can’t really tell what you have, but given my five minutes of examining you, I think you have [insert disease, condition, affliction], you’ll have to take these pills [which only marginally are related to the condition he says you have] forever.”

  9. Britain Deserves Better

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