Hospitals gained 10 points in public opinion between 2004 and 2005, scoring 59 net positive points, in a Harris Interactive poll. The 59 positive points represents the percentage of consumers saying hospitals generally did a good job, 79, minus the percentage saying they generally did a bad job, 20. Of the 12 industries continuously evaluated since 1997, hospitals have maintained a relatively high position in the public esteem. HMOs and health insurers, which had positive net scores in 1997, slipped to strongly negative since then and despite recent improvements ranked only above tobacco and oil companies in the 2005 survey. Drug companies improved to 13 net positive points in 2005, from 4 net negative points in 2004, but remain far below their 1997 rating of 60 net positive points. Read the survey results. -- by Joseph Conn
Public thinks better of hospitals, drugmakers in 2005
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