Public Views on U.S. Health System Organization: A Call for New Directions


On behalf of The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System, Harris Interactive surveyed a random sample of 1,004 U.S. adults (age 18 and older) to determine their experiences and perspectives on the organization of the nation's health care system and ways to improve patient care. Eight of 10 respondents agreed that the health system needs either fundamental change or complete rebuilding. Adults' health care experiences underscore the need to organize care systems to ensure timely access, better coordination, and better flow of information among doctors and patients. There is also a need to simplify health insurance administration. There was broad agreement among survey respondents that wider use of health information systems and greater care coordination could improve patient care. The majority of adults say it is very important for the 2008 presidential candidates to seek reforms to address health care quality, access, and costs.

Also see the Fund report Organizing the U.S. Health Care Delivery System for High Performance

Publication Details

Publication Date: August 1, 2008
Authors: Cathy Schoen, Jennifer Lau, Anthony Shih, Sabrina K. H. How

S. K. H. How, A. Shih, J. Lau, and C. Schoen, Public Views on U.S. Health System Organization: A Call for New Directions, The Commonwealth Fund, August 2008.

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