The nonprofit Physicians Foundation recently released a survey or more than 2,000 people who weighed in on the state of our health care system from the patient’s perspective.
The findings were not surprising but there were two big takeaways. 99% of the respondents ranged from satisfied to very satisfied with their primary care provider which isn’t a surprise because a separate research study found that 70% of Americans rank doctors “high” of “very high” in terms of honesty and adhering to ethical standards.
The optimism, trust and enthusiasm about primary care did not spill over to survey respondents optimism about the future of health care in the US. 53% of those surveyed thought the health care system was headed in a negative direction and this may be due to public perception of recent health reform legislation. The survey found that more respondents had a negative view of the legislation than those that had a positive view.
Polls are funny in this way. People tend to respond to polls about their personal situation differently than they do about situations affecting others. Voters tend to like their own representatives yet dislike Congress. Many think the local economy is fine but the rest of the country is under water.
Is it the forest or the trees?