Health Care: Banneker Center Survey #203
Economic Justice Survey

Results of October Survey
Health Care

Thank you for sending in your opinions. Here is what you said.

Absolutely every human being should have health care/medical insurance coverage if he or she wants it. No exceptions.

67% said I agree with that
33% said I disagree with that

For people who cannot afford health care/medical insurance coverage:

6% said they could if they worked harder
40% said charity should be able to give them coverage
0% said the medical profession should give service anyway
54% said government needs to play a role using tax money

If medical service providers stressed healthy habits and illness prevention, medical costs in most nations could be reduced by more than 50%.

60% said That sounds right to me
40% said That sounds wrong to me

The quality of my medical care should depend mainly on:

27% said how much I can afford to pay
0% said what country or region I live in
33% said which government I have
7% said luck
33% said it should be up to the medical profession
0% said it should be up to the insurance profession

Suppose government decides to spend money on providing health care insurance to people who cannot afford their own. Where should that money come from?

13% said a profits tax on the medical industry
13% said a profits tax on the insurance industry
20% said an income tax on all people with incomes
27% said a site value tax on all site value owners
13% said a sales tax on all buying and selling
7% said a property tax on all property owners
7% said a wealth tax on all asset owners

How should the government decide whether to intervene in a type of insurance?

33% said It is never right for government to offer insurance of any kind; only the private market should do that
13% said It is always right for the government to offer insurance in any market where it sees a reason to do so
27% said Government should only offer insurance to protect the lives and health of citizens
0% said Government should offer insurance to people whose income is below a certain amount
7% said Government should offer insurance to people whose total assets are below a certain amount
20% said Unsure

If your government offers health care/medical insurance, is private insurance also available for those who wish it?

100% said Yes
0% said No

Hospitals should be privately owned and privately run.

40% said Yes, that's right
0% said No, they should be government-owned and government-run
60% said I prefer to have some of each type

Suppose you go to a private hospital. Do you care whether it is a for-profit corporation, or a non-profit corporation?

53% said Yes
47% said No

Thank you again for participating! Now you can go on to the November survey, on Poverty, or
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