SALT LAKE CITY-Support for the idea that everyone should have access to a basic level of healthcare appears to be going down, according to a university survey. Since April 1992, the University of Utah Survey Research Center has conducted six polls asking, "Would you say all Utahans should or should not have equal access to a basic level of healthcare?" The first five surveys showed two-thirds of those questioned believed all residents should have access. The latest poll, conducted in October, found 52% supporting the idea. University officials speculated that the decline in support may be due to the unveiling of the Clinton administration's healthcare reform package. About 42% of those identifying themselves as Republicans said all Utahans should have equal access to healthcare, compared with 72% of Democrats. The survey asked Utahans what they would do given the choice of spending $50,000 to provide basic healthcare to many people or the same amount for a single medical procedure for one person facing a life-threatening situation. More than 65% said they would spend the money on providing basic healthcare, while 20% said they would pay for the single procedure. But asked if the person in the life-threatening situation were an immediate family member, the results flipped with 66% saying they would spend the money on their relative and 21% said they would spend it on healthcare access for many.-Associated Press
BOULDER CITY, Nev.-Richard L. Kiburn, administrator of Boulder City Hospital, has been named 1993-1994 chairman of the Nevada Hospital Association. He replaces 1992-1993 chairman Bob Burn, chief executive officer of Washoe County Medical Center in Reno, who has been named past chairman of the association.
HONOLULU-The Queen's Health Systems has named Virginia M. Pressler, M.D., to the newly created posts of vice president and assistant to the president of the healthcare system. Dr. Pressler, the former medical director of breast health programs at the Queen's Medical Center, will oversee the system's quality and health service programs. Since last August, Dr. Pressler has been heading a hospital task force studying the system's quality, service and cost-containment strategies. She also is an assistant professor of surgery and assistant clinical professor at the John A. Burns School of Medicine and an assistant clinical research professor at the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii.