For the first time in decades, a majority of Americans view the quality of health care as below par, potentially reflecting growing dissatisfaction with high costs and recent policy changes, a new poll finds.
Forty-eight percent of those surveyed said the quality of health care was “excellent” or “good,” while a slight majority, 52%, said it was “only fair” or “poor,” according to Gallup’s annual report. Health and Healthcare Surveywhich has been in operation since 2001.
The survey of 1,020 adults was conducted from Nov. 9 to Dec. 2 with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
The latest results are well below the 62% satisfaction rate recorded in 2010 and 2012, and seven points behind the average satisfaction rating.
One factor contributing to the downward trend is Republicans’ poor opinion of the health care industry since Donald Trump left office, according to a poll. In 2019, 75% of Republicans rated the quality of health care as excellent or good, while only 56% said the same in 2022.
At the same time, the satisfaction rating of Democrats remains stable at 44%.
Young people have also helped reduce positive ratings over the past year. It’s possible that political decisions made during the COVID-19 pandemic, or reduced access to abortion after the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, influenced their weakened judgments, the researchers said.
In addition to record low ratings for the quality of health care overall, Americans also rate their personal health at a low level. Seventy-two percent rated it as excellent or good, down from the past few years.
Researchers believe that this year’s decline is solely a product of youth dissatisfaction. Barely half of 18- to 34-year-olds “are optimistic about the quality of health care they receive, compared with 72% of 35- to 54-year-olds and 85% of those 55 and older.”
However, a discrepancy was found when the researchers asked respondents to rate the country’s coverage compared to their own. Only a third said they were satisfied with national coverage, but two-thirds were satisfied with their own.
Additionally, a paltry 24% of respondents were satisfied with the cost of health care, while 76% were dissatisfied.
A similar survey conducted in 2016 by the Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health found that while Americans were generally satisfied with their health care, they faced “significant health care cost issues.”
Americans for a long time spent more on their health than any other developed country, according to research from Johns Hopkins University. Higher drug prices, higher wages, and hospital administration costs are the main factors contributing to higher-than-average costs.
In 2020 global survey When it comes to the quality of healthcare, Australia, the Netherlands and the UK received the highest ratings, all at over 74%, according to Ipsos. The United States ranked sixth with 71% approval.