Healthcare, medical liability, and reform alternatives

By Paul Barringer and Brynna Pietz

The 2008 presidential campaign is drawing attention to healthcare reform, a focus that is likely to continue in coming months. It’s no secret why: Americans express deep dissatisfaction with the healthcare system. In a recent Gallup poll, for example, nearly three-quarters of respondents said that the healthcare system is in crisis or has major problems.

Cost and access top Americans’ healthcare concerns in recent polls. Quality is also cited as a problem. Whether these concerns will translate into political momentum for change is unknown. Most Americans seem to favor change; in a recent poll by CBS News and the New York Times, for example, 9 in 10 respondents said that they thought the system needed fundamental change or a complete rebuilding.

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