Americans Want More Medical Research
More Than Half of Americans Want More Money Spent on Health Research
WebMD News Archive
Sept. 20, 2005 -- Building America's reputation as a global leader in health
and medical research is a top priority for most Americans, according to new
report on American's views on health care and health research.
The report shows that many Americans have lost faith in the country's health
care system, and more than half (55%) say they are currently dissatisfied with
the quality of health care in the U.S., up from 44% five years ago.
Researchers say the results show that Americans want more funds and
resources devoted to health care and health research, and more importantly,
they are willing to pay for it.
More Money for Health Care
In the study, published in The Journal of the American Medical
Association, researchers analyzed the results of 10 years of data from
state and national surveys on public attitudes and perceptions of health care
and health-related research. The 70 state and 18 national surveys were
conducted by Research!America among randomly selected adults interviewed by
telephone from 1998 to 2005.
A 2005 poll shows that health care topped education and jobs as the most
important domestic issue in America.
The poll also shows that about two-thirds of Americans say they are willing
to pay $1 more a week in taxes for additional medical research, an increase
from 2004 when less than half of Americans said they were willing to pay
Although Americans seem willing to pay more for health research, the study
also shows most Americans think too many regulatory barriers are impeding the
progress of research and want Congress to support regulatory and tax policies
that encourage private industries to conduct medical research.
When asked what type of research was more valuable, research to prevent
disease or research to cure disease, nearly half (48%) said research to prevent
disease was more valuable.
American Views on Health Care & Research
In keeping with the finding that 67% of Americans would like to see more
about scientific and medical research in the media, here is a summary of the
other major points of the study:
- 68% of Americans say clinical research is important, but a declining
percentage of Americans said they would be willing to participate in a clinical
trial, from 63% in 2001 to 55% in 2004.
- 60% of Americans do not believe America has the best health care system in
- A majority (58%) of Americans favor embryonic stem cell research. Of the
29% who oppose stem cell research, 57% said their position was based on
- Most Americans (77%) oppose the use of cloning to create a child, but 66%
support cloning to find a cure for disease and disabilities.
- Two-thirds of Americans (66%) say the U.S. is spending too little on public
health research and 64% say at least twice as much should be spent.
- 58% say that as the country looks for ways to manage health care costs, the
national commitment to health-related research should be higher.