Most Americans want the nation's healthcare system to broaden beyond access and services to address other issues such as crime, the environment, job security and family matters, a national study reports.
Results of the study were scheduled for release this week at the Healthcare Forum's second annual Healthier Communities Summit in Anaheim, Calif. MODERN HEALTHCARE obtained a copy of the study in advance of the meeting.
The study, the first of a three-part examination of the public's perceptions about quality of life and public health concerns, was sponsored by the Healthcare Forum with the National Civic League. It was funded in part by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Healthcare Forum's Healthier Communities Partnership. DYG, a social science research firm, conducted the study.
Data for the study were compiled via a query of 1,000 respondents who participated in a national telephone survey and other research efforts.
Among the issues highlighted in the study were:
New thoughts on what creates health and healthy communities. The public is abandoning the idea of health as the absence of disease and the result of medical intervention for a broader meaning that includes personal responsibility and quality of life.
Growing concern about healthcare reform. Some 69% of respondents support universal health coverage but think America should adopt it incrementally.
Heightened public awareness. Of those polled, 63% think people would like to help change the delivery system but need to be better informed to be effective.
Family security. More than 70% of respondents cited low incidents of child abuse, good schools and a strong family as components of a healthy community.