One in three people in the US want to see “radical change” in health care

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 22 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1150
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington DC

    The proportion of US citizens who want “radical change” in their healthcare system reached 36% Republican pollster Bill McInturff told a briefing in Washington DC last week. He has tracked the question since 1992 and has seen the response go as low as 22%. “Every time we have gotten into the mid 30s or higher we have had a huge debate about healthcare.”

    “Among the people who say they want radical change are small business owners [43%] and people who work at companies of less than 10 employees [48%]. That is important because much of the opposition to reform during the Clinton administration came from small business.”

    Mr McInturff told the meeting, which was sponsored by the journal Health Affairs, that there had been an underlying shift in attitude towards the role of government over the past 13 years.

    In 1995, almost two thirds of US …

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