Most Americans are focused on what they’re being charged for health care, not how much they or an aging population are consuming, according to a new POLITICO/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health poll.
Respondents blamed drug companies, insurers, providers and even the federal government for surging costs while dismissing overuse as a central issue.
54 percent of respondents believe that high health costs are a serious problem. Asked about the reasons, nearly 80 percent said the prices charged by drugmakers were a major factor, while 75 percent held insurance companies responsible and 74 percent held hospitals responsible.
Our high cost of care and modest health outcomes will remain stubbornly fixed unless our behavior changes.