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How Does Your Health Care Experience Compare To Others Across The Nation?

Hedrick Smith Productions sponsored a poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Submit your answers to this questionnaire and find out how your health care experience compares to others across the nation.

1.
When considering this year's election for PRESIDENT, how important will the candidates' position on health care be to you in deciding who you will support? Will health care be…
The MOST important issue OR
An important issue, but not the most important issue OR
Not an important issue
Don't know
 
2.
Overall, how satisfied would you say you are with the health care available to you and members of your household…
Very satisfied
Somewhat satisfied
Not too satisfied, OR
Not at all satisfied
Don't know
 
3.
Have you or anyone in your household put off or postponed seeking health care which they felt they needed because they felt they could not afford it?
Yes
No
Don't know
 
4.
If you were sick, how worried would you be that your doctor would be more concerned about saving money for the health plan than about what is the best treatment for you? Would you be…
Very worried
Somewhat worried
Not too worried, OR
Not at all worried?
Don't know
 
5.
Was there any time during the past 12 months when you had NO health insurance, or have you been insured continuously?
Had a time without insurance
Continuously insured
Don't know
 
6.
If you were sick, how worried would you be that your HEALTH PLAN would be more concerned about saving money for the health plan than about what is the best treatment for you? Would you be…
Very worried
Somewhat worried
Not too worried, OR
Not at all worried?
Don't know
 
7.
How important would it be to you for some public agency to make available detailed information about the safety and quality of care provided by different hospitals, health plans and medical groups? Would this be…
Very important
Somewhat important
Not too important, OR
Not at all important?
Don't know
 
8.
A law has been debated in Congress that would assure patients easier access to treatment, more information to help them select plans and doctors, and new ways to appeal if they are unhappy with their care. Do you favor or oppose such a law?
Favor
Oppose
Don't know
 
9.
Do you think current government rules that regulate HMOs and other managed care plans are…
Too strict
About right, OR
Not strict enough?
Don't know
 
10.
Some people say that managed care plans should give doctors financial incentives to avoid unnecessary services and hold down costs. Others say this threatens the quality of care patients receive and that doctors should not be given incentives to limit services. Which comes closer to your view?
Should give doctors incentives
Threatens quality of care
Don't know
 
11.
Medicare does not currently pay for prescription medicines. Which ONE of the following three statements comes closest to your opinion about what the government should do about Medicare coverage for prescription medicines? Do you think the government should…
Keep things the way they are now and not add a prescription drug benefit, OR
Expand Medicare to cover prescription medicines for only LOW-INCOME seniors - even if it means an increase in premiums or taxes to cover the costs, OR
Guarantee prescription medicine coverage to EVERYONE on Medicare - even if it means a larger increase in premiums or taxes to cover the costs?
Don't know
 
12.
For your personal health care and that of your family, which ONE of the following is your biggest concern…
The cost
The quality, OR
The availability
Don't know
 
13.
Have the following events ever happened to you or another member of your household. Have you ever…
 
a.
Been discouraged from seeking medical treatment
Yes, happened
No, did not
Don't know
 
b.
Been unable to get all the diagnostic tests you needed
Yes, happened
No, did not
Don't know
 
c.
Been unable to see a specialist when you needed one
Yes, happened
No, did not
Don't know
 
14.
In general, do you think the following categories are doing a good job or a bad job in serving health care consumers? In answering, please consider everything that might be important to consumers, including quality, cost and convenience.
 
a.
Doctors
Good job
Bad job
MixedNeither good nor bad
Don't know
 
b.
Pharmaceutical or drug companies
Good job
Bad job
MixedNeither good nor bad
Don't know
 
c.
HMOs and other managed care plans
Good job
Bad job
MixedNeither good nor bad
Don't know
 
d.
Hospitals
Good job
Bad job
MixedNeither good nor bad
Don't know
 
e.
Health insurance companies
Good job
Bad job
MixedNeither good nor bad
Don't know
 
f.
Nurses
Good job
Bad job
MixedNeither good nor bad
Don't know
 
15.
Which ONE of these ways to guarantee health insurance would you MOST prefer?
Requiring businesses to offer health insurance for their employees
Expanding state government programs for low-income people to provide coverage for people without health insurance
Offering tax deductions or other financial assistance to help the uninsured pay for private insurance
A single government plan to provide health insurance for all Americans
Expanding Medicare to cover people under age 65 who do not have health insurance
None favored
Don't know
 

DEMOGRAPHICS:

 
1.
Male
Female
 
2.
In politics TODAY, do you consider yourself a Republican, Democrat, or Independent?
Republican
Democrat
Independent
Other party
None
Don't know
 
3.
Are you NOW self-employed, are you employed by someone else, are you retired, or are you not employed for pay? If employed by someone else, are you NOW working full-time or part-time hours?
Self-employed
Employed by someone else
Full time
Part time
Retired
Not employed
Disabled
Other (full-time student, homemaker, etc.)
 
4.
What is the LAST grade or class that you COMPLETED in school?
None, or grade 1-8
High school incomplete (grades 9-11)
High school graduate (grade 12 or GED certificate)
Business, technical, or vocational school AFTER high school
Some college, no 4-year degree
College graduate (B.S., B.A. or other 4-year degree)
Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., toward a master's degree or Ph.D; law or medical school)
 
5.
What is your age?
18-29
30-49
50-64
65+
Age undesignated
 
6.
Last year -- that is, in 1999 -- what was your total family income from all sources, before taxes? Just stop me when I get to the right category.
Less than $10,000
$10,000 to under $20,000
$20,000 to under $30,000
$30,000 to under $50,000
$50,000 to under $75,000
$75,000 to under $100,000
$100,000 to under $200,000
$200,000 or more
Don't know
 
7.
Are you, yourself, of Hispanic or Latino background, such as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or other Latin American background?
Hispanic
Latino
Mexican
Puerto Rican
Cuban
Other Latin American background




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