The public trusts hospitals less than previously but more than it trusts drugmakers, health insurers or managed-care companies, according to an annual poll by Harris Interactive. Across almost all 17 industries surveyed, the publics level of trust has eroded in recent years. The percentage of respondents who perceived hospitals as generally trustworthy and honest fell to 28% in the latest survey, down from 34% in 2005. Hospitals ranked third out of the 17 industries for trustworthiness, behind supermarkets (34%) and banks (31%). Tobacco companies were considered the least trustworthy, scoring only 2%, followed by oil companies at 3% and managed-care companies at 4%. Both drugmakers and health insurers were rated as generally trustworthy by only 7% of the 2,010 adults surveyed. Read the survey results. -- by Joseph Mantone
Public trust in hospitals, others falls
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