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7 in 10 Americans say U.S. healthcare system has serious issues

Staff Writer |
Seventy percent of Americans describe the current U.S. healthcare system as being "in a state of crisis" or having "major problems."

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is is consistent with the 65% to 73% range for this figure in all but one poll since Gallup first asked the question in 1994.

Although most Americans, including majorities of Republicans and Democrats, give the healthcare system a pessimistic diagnosis, when asked specifically about the quality of U.S. healthcare, 55% rate it positively.

Smaller percentages have positive reviews of U.S. healthcare coverage (34%) and costs (20%). Americans rate cost and access as the greatest health problems facing the country.

More broadly, Gallup has found that Americans are much more positive in their assessments of their personal healthcare than they are about the healthcare system nationally.

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