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Survey finds Widespread Frustration with Health Care in the US

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A Commonwealth Fund survey of 1,004 Americans finds that most want to overhaul or reconstruct the nation's health care system. Here's a summary:

Eight of 10 respondents agreed that the health system needs either fundamental change or complete rebuilding. Adults' health care experiences underscore the need to organize care systems to ensure timely access, better coordination, and better flow of information among doctors and patients. There is also a need to simplify health insurance administration. There was broad agreement among survey respondents that wider use of health information systems and greater care coordination could improve patient care. The majority of adults say it is very important for the 2008 presidential candidates to seek reforms to address health care quality, access, and costs.

The Fund has an accompanying report on reorganizing the way health care is delivered.

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