Differing viewpoints on how to manage the U.S. healthcare system have taken center stage in the unfolding race for the Democratic presidential nomination, and the issue could be a major factor in how Americans vote in the general election that follows.
As the total amount Americans spend on healthcare costs continues to rise year over year, healthcare costs are among the top financial problems for U.S. families -- and a lack of affordability for medical treatment can have real-life consequences for many people.
Gallup's annual Health and Healthcare survey, conducted each November, provides a wide-ranging look at how Americans assess their health and healthcare costs, as well as their perspectives on the current state of the healthcare system and their preferences for the future of U.S. healthcare.
Stay tuned for Gallup's Health and Healthcare series, when Gallup will release its latest findings and updated trends on the following topics:
Week of Dec. 2:
- Americans' evaluations of the U.S. healthcare system
- Support for the Affordable Care Act
- Preferred government responsibility for ensuring healthcare coverage
- Americans coping with preexisting conditions
Week of Dec. 9:
- Delayed medical treatment because of cost
- Satisfaction with personal healthcare cost, quality and coverage
- Use and helpfulness of Fitbits/smartwatches and health apps
- Ratings of U.S. healthcare system's cost
- Americans' assessments of their physical and mental health