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Survey: Workers Prefer Health Benefits To High Salaries

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NU Online News Service, Aug. 20, 2003, 12:59 p.m. EDT – Most U.S. residents say they would accept a job with a lower salary in exchange for health benefits, according to a survey conducted by researchers at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y.

When researchers interviewed 865 adults in July and August, they found that 71% said they would rather take a job with a low salary and health benefits than a job with a high salary and no benefits. Only 24% of the participants said they would prefer to take a job with a higher salary and no health benefits.

Seventy-three percent of the participants rated good health care benefits as very important, while only 37% rated a higher salary as very important.

Sixty-six percent of the participants agreed that good retirement benefits are very important.