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Three quarters of US citizens believe the health system needs major changes

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 07 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2275
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

US citizens are troubled by the current state of healthcare in their country and are ready to make substantial changes, according to the latest survey by the charity the Commonwealth Fund.

The smallest portion (22%) feel that “only minor changes” are needed; nearly half (46%) say “fundamental changes” are needed; and the balance (26%) would go even further, saying the system needs to be “rebuilt completely.”

The findings showed only minor variation across income levels, regions of the country, and whether or not the person had health insurance coverage throughout the entire year.

There was substantial dissatisfaction with access to …

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