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U.S. Healthcare System In 'State of Crisis,' 7 in 10 Americans, Majority of Democrats and Republicans, Say in New Poll

More than two-thirds of Americans think the U.S. healthcare system is “in a state of crisis” or has “major problems,” according to a new poll.

A Gallup poll, released Monday, showed that 70 percent of respondents described the country’s healthcare system as being “in a state of crisis” or having “major problems,” while only 30 percent said it has minor or no problems. The results are consistent with last year’s figures when 71 percent said the system was in crisis and 27 percent believed it has minor or no problems.

Between 1994, when Gallup first asked the question, and 2018, roughly 70 percent of respondents have said the U.S. healthcare system in “in a state of crisis” or “has major problems,” apart from in 2001, when just 49 percent believed the system had major problems and another 49 percent said it had minor problems.

GettyImages-846553104 File photo: A member of the audience holds up a placard as US Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent from Vermont, discusses Medicare for All legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 13, 2017. Seventy percent of Americans have described the country's healthcare system as having "major problems" or being "in a state of crisis," according to new polls. Getty/Jim Watson

Over the past few years, Democratic respondents have consistently believed that their healthcare system carries major problems. 84 percent of those who identify as Democrats believed the system is “in a state of crisis” in the new poll, an increase from 76 percent in 2017 and 63 percent in 2016.

While under Trump, Republicans concerns have seemingly dissipated, with 56 percent of believing the healthcare system is “in a state of crisis,” a significant drop from 71 percent in 2017 and 80 percent in 2016.

The 28 percent difference between the two parties marks the largest partisan gap on the issue since the Gallup poll was first conducted in 1994. Despite America’s pessimistic diagnosis on the U.S. healthcare system, 55 percent rated the quality of healthcare positively. Thirty-four percent positively reviewed the U.S.’ healthcare coverage, while just 20 percent positively reviewed the costs associated with healthcare across the country.

According to Gallup, cost and access were rated the greatest problems in the healthcare system.

The data was collected from Gallup’s annual Healthcare poll, which surveyed 1,037 Americans between November 1 - 11 last year.

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