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Survey: Health Costs Rank High On Consumer Worry List

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U.S. adults may be more concerned about health care costs than about the war in Iraq.

Researchers at the American Society for Quality, Milwaukee, have presented that finding in a summary of results from a recent Internet survey of 2,758 U.S. residents ages 18 and over conducted by an outside research firm.

When asked to identify pressing concerns, 85% of the participants named the rising cost of health care, 80 percent named the rising cost of fuel, and 79% named the war in Iraq, ASQ researchers report.

About 61% identified the threat of global warming as a major pressing concern.

About 79% of the survey participants said “universal health care coverage” would improve health care quality.

About 29% of the participants said they had gone without filling a prescription because of concerns about expense, and 28% said they had delayed having a medical procedure because of concerns about expense.