A recent survey conducted by the West Health Institute/NORC at the University of Chicago found that 65 percent of Americans are “extremely or very concerned” about the cost of prescription drugs.
The survey of 1,002 adults also found that:
- About 10 percent of Americans consider drug prices to be reasonable;
- Half of the public believes the Trump White House should let Medicare negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies to lower prices; and
- 82 percent of Americans want more competition from lower-cost generic medications.
“Heading into the midterm elections in November, the costs of health care are an important issue to the public, ranking highest out of a list of six public policy issues, including jobs and the economy,” according to a brief on the survey. “When it comes to the cost of prescription drugs, 65 percent of Americans are extremely or very concerned about the status quo and few think current politicians are handling the issue well.”