Gallup is out with the results from its annual Health and Healthcare survey, conducted each November since 2001. In the survey, Gallup asks Americans about macro and micro health and healthcare issues -- from their perceptions of the U.S. healthcare system as a whole to their assessment of their own weight.
Americans' access to healthcare and their own personal health situations are more important than ever, with the costs of both threatening to take down the U.S. economy. The results of Gallup's survey provide insights into how the country is progressing on these issues. Five key findings stand out this year:
- The majority of Americans remain negative about the quality of healthcare coverage in the United States.
- Even fewer are satisfied with the total cost of healthcare in the country -- 20% this year.
- The majority of Americans continue to say the U.S. healthcare system has major problems (57%) -- another 16% say it is in crisis.
- American men and women's self-reported weight is up nearly 20 pounds since 1990 -- and their ideal weight has increased too.
- More Americans turn to diet than exercise to lose weight.