Nurses are most trusted to improve the US healthcare system

Americans do not trust any healthcare stakeholders aside from nurses to improve the U.S. healthcare system, according to a survey conducted by The New York Times, the Commonwealth Fund and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The survey focused on understanding how supporters of various healthcare proposals feel about the healthcare system. The survey polled 2,005 adults and divided respondents into groups based on their support for one of three general healthcare proposals — "Medicare for All," incremental ACA improvement, and congressional Republicans' plan to give power back to the states.

Three notable findings:

1. Supporters of a single-payer system were most dissatisfied with the United States' current healthcare system, while those who supported the Republican plan were most content with the status quo. Fifty-five percent of Republican plan supporters said the U.S. has the best healthcare system in the world, the highest of any group. Only 21 percent of respondents in favor of a single-payer plan felt the U.S. has the best healthcare system.

2. Across all three groups, most respondents (58 percent) gave nurses a vote of confidence to improve the healthcare system. This was the only healthcare stakeholder to receive majority support. Just under a third of respondents trusted physicians to improve the system, and even fewer trusted hospitals (18 percent) or the federal government (6 percent).

3. Voters were evenly split in their support for the three plans, with each garnering about 30 percent of respondents' support. Ten percent of respondents preferred none of the available options. Taken together, the majority of respondents (58 percent) favored approaches being promoted by Democrats.

Read the full results here.


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