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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

What America Thinks: State of Health

Is America a healthy nation? Is it getting healthier? We decided to find out what America thinks.

Overall, Americans say they’re healthier than they have been in in years. Nearly one-out-of-four claim they have lost weight over the past six months, although a third still think they’re overweight.

Most Americans see a doctor at least once a year, and 74% have had a physical in the past 12 months. Thirty-four percent (34%) admit, however, that their doctor recommended lifestyle changes in the way they eat, drink or exercise. Still, that’s down from 45% three years ago. In short, Americans seem to be taking better care of themselves.

U.S. voters are very satisfied with the health care they personally receive, although they are much more critical of the health care system in general. Cost has long been their number one health care concern, but most expect the new national health care law to make costs go up, not down.

Forty percent (40%) of Americans already report that they are paying more for prescription drugs than they were six months ago. This is one of the few areas where Americans by a narrow margin think a little more government regulation might help. Most trust their doctor, but one-in-three believe doctors overprescribe drugs to their patients.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.