Americans are also more concerned about access to health care in the wake of the pandemic, the poll found. Nearly 8 in 10 said they were at least moderately concerned about accessing quality health care when they needed it. Concern is even greater among Black and Hispanic Americans, as 6 in 10 say they are very or extremely concerned about getting good care. Among white adults, 44% said the same. Women are also more concerned about getting quality care than men––53% and 42%, respectively.
When it comes to solutions for the healthcare system, Americans are more divided. Young Americans, those between 18 and 49, are more likely than adults over 50 to believe that it is the responsibility of the federal government to ensure that all Americans have medical coverage. Overall, two-thirds of adults believe so, up from 57% in 2019 and 62% in 2017.
Only 4 in 10 Americans said they support a single-payer health care system that requires individuals to obtain their health insurance from a government plan. More than half (58%) say they are in favor of a health insurance plan accessible to all.
Most Americans (two-thirds) were also happy with government intervention to provide free COVID-19 tests, vaccines and treatment, while 2 in 10 said they felt neutral about the response .
Regarding future government involvement in health care, 80% said they support the government negotiating lower drug prices. This support comes after the recent enactment of the Inflation Reduction Act, which allows Medicare to negotiate prices of certain drugs.
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