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Americans want change in U.S. health care system

A survey released on Aug. 7, 2008, by The Commonwealth Fund finds that 82 percent of Americans think the U.S. health care system should be fundamentally changed or completely rebuilt.

As reported in Public Views on U.S. Health Care System Organization: A Call for New Directions, the vast majority of survey respondents – nine of 10 – feel it is important that the two leading presidential candidates propose reform plans that would improve health care quality, ensure that all Americans can afford health care and insurance, and decrease the number of uninsured.

The survey also found that people are frustrated with the way they get health care: 47 percent of respondents said they experienced poorly coordinated medical care in the past two years, meaning that they were not informed about test results or had to call repeatedly to get them, important medical information wasn't shared between doctors and nurses, or communication between primary care doctors and specialists was poor.