American Public Opinion and Health Care, 1st Edition

  • Mollyann Brodie
  • Robert Blendon
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  • ISBN-10: 1608712508
  • ISBN-13: 9781608712502
  • DDC: 362.10973
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 530 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2010 | Published/Released January 2011
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2010

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Over the years, hundreds of polls have been conducted on health and health-care related topics, but until now there has been no reference tool to help students, researchers, and policy makers make sense of the data. American Public Opinion and Health Care brings together findings from more than 200 national opinion surveys conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Harvard University’s School of Public Health, and other institutes and polling and media organizations. After years of intensive data gathering, the authors have compiled an in-depth, non-partisan look at Americans’ attitudes about a range of current and critical health care issues. Twenty-one chapters combine unbiased survey data and analysis. Major topics addressed include current critical health-care issues, such as quality, costs, the pharmaceutical industry, and reform efforts, specific health topics, such as HIV/AIDS, abortion, stem-cell research, end-of-life, obesity, infectious diseases, and pandemic flu, views by race and gender, and disparities in health care and coverage and the importance of health care in recent elections and implications for the future of health care and policy in the United States.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Tables and Figures.
About the Authors.
About the Contributors.
1: Introduction: Public Opinion on Health Policy.
2: Trust in Government and Health Care Institutions.
3: Attitudes about the U.S. Health System and Priorities for Government Action.
4: Attitudes about Health Care Costs.
5: The Uninsured and Efforts to Expand Coverage.
6: The Massachusetts Health Reform Law: A Case Study.
7: Medicare and Medicaid.
8: Public Opinion on Prescription Drugs.
9: Quality of Care and Medical Errors.
10: Attitudes about HIV/AIDS.
11: Attitudes about Abortion.
12: Attitudes about Stem Cell Research.
13: End-of-Life Care.
14: Public Opinion and Obesity.
15: Emerging Infectious Diseases.
16: Pandemic Influenza.
17: Americans' Views about Racial and Ethnic Health Care Disparities.
18: The Views of African Americans and Hispanics on Health Policy.
19: Women's Perspectives on Health Care Policy.
20: Elections, Partisan Views, and Health Policy.
21: Public Opinion on Health Care Reform through the Prism of Obama's 2009–2010 Reform Effort.