According to a recent Morning Consult survey, one thing American voters are worried sick about is health care.
The availability and affordability of quality health care services are top concerns among U.S. registered voters, according to the study commissioned by University of Phoenix College of Health Professions.
One-quarter of respondents are uncertain of their access to quality health care services when needed, with 63 percent of Americans expressing concerns about accessing medical facilities, such as hospitals and pharmacies, and 70 percent citing concern about the ability to see a doctor on short notice. The survey also found out-of-pocket expenses to be a major concern among Americans, with nine in 10 respondents reporting unease about the cost of health care. People are not only uncertain of their access to quality health care services when needed, but more than three-quarters are also concerned about the quality of health care services they receive, with 71 percent expressing concern about medical error.
Reasons and Answers
“The recruitment and training of qualified health professionals has not kept pace with our population’s growing demand for care,” said Doris Savron, interim executive dean for University of Phoenix College of Health Professions. “Today’s health care system is at a tipping point, and addressing current health care workforce shortages is imperative in order to provide access to quality health care.
“The evolving health care industry needs tech-savvy, sophisticated professionals who can adapt to the rapidly changing industry landscape,” she added. “To do so, higher education must align with the needs of today’s health care system in order to empower a workforce that is equipped with the skills necessary to be successful.”