A nationally representative survey, conducted in September 2009, shows that Americans aged 50 and older remain concerned with the current health care system and recognize the need for more nurses and doctors.
The findings, released jointly by AARP, the American Medical Association, and the American Nurses Association, reveal the following:
- About half of the 50+ population is concerned that there will not be enough nurses or doctors to provide care in the future.
- Two-thirds of respondents are either very or somewhat concerned that the current health care system limits their ability to see the doctor of their choice.
- Eighty-seven percent believe it is important for doctors to be reimbursed adequately so they continue to accept patients on Medicare.
- More than three in four (78%) are worried that some day either they or someone they know might incur a health care cost that would not be covered by their health insurance.
The telephone survey was conducted during September 4-7, 2009, by Woelfel Research, Inc. A random sample of 1,001 U.S. residents aged 50 and older completed the survey. For more information, contact Gerard Rainville at 202-434-6295. (8 pages)