Most Americans support more government regulation of managed care, health insurance and pharmaceutical industries, finding them not trustworthy, according to a new Harris Poll.
In comparison, a much higher percentage of Americans see hospitals as trustworthy and a smaller percentage say hospitals need more regulation, according to the poll, released Wednesday.
The poll did not ask about physicians or other healthcare providers.
Specifically, Harris reports that 60% of respondents want more regulation for managed care, 59% for health insurance and 57% for pharmaceuticals.
Harris also asked respondents to rate a wide number of other industries. But outside of healthcare, only the oil industry was cited by a majority (52%) as needing more regulation.
Other industries with relatively high percentages in favor of more regulation are tobacco (44%), life insurance (35%), hospitals (35%), airlines (31%) and telephone companies (30%).
Asked to rate industries for honesty and trustworthiness, less than 5% of respondents cited the tobacco, managed care and oil industries, and 13% cited the pharmaceutical industry.
In comparison, 34% cited hospitals as more honest and trustworthy, as well as 40% of supermarkets, 35% of banks, 27% of computer hardware companies, 23% of packaged food companies and 22% of computer software companies.
As a result of the findings, "we are likely to see legislatures respond to these poll findings with more oversight and regulatory proposals aimed at the health plan and pharmaceutical industries," says Robert Blendon, an authority on public opinion at Harvard University, the release says.