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How Do you Feel about the Health Care Industry? [Poll]

Healthcare News • May 20, 2014 at 11:30 AM • Written by: Christina Merhar

When you think about hospitals, health insurance companies, doctors, and Medicare what words come to mind? 

A recent poll by Morning Consult asked these types of questions. The results indicate public frustration over cost with the biggest sectors of the health industry. Words like “greedy” and “expensive” appeared frequently when respondents were asked to describe what comes to mind when they think of hospitals, health insurance companies, and prescription drug companies.

In contrast, respondents gave largely positive attributes to care providers and government health care programs. Words likes “good” and “needed” were frequently used to describe doctors, nurses, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Here's a look at the poll results represented in wordmaps. 

In a word or two, tell me what comes to mind when you think of...

...Health Insurance Companies


...Pharmaceutical Drug Companies












According to Morning Consult, the two-part poll was conducted from March 21-23, 2014, and May 2-4, 2014, among a national sample of 3,687 registered voters. The data was weighted to approximate a target sample of registered voters based on age, race/ethnicity, gender, educational attainment, region, annual household income, home ownership status and marital status. Results have a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.

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