What do women really think about the national health care debate? A new poll released Wednesday by the Independent Women’s Forum shows that only 16 percent of women believe that health care should be Congress’s top priority and that a majority (51 percent) is unsatisfied with what they have read, seen, or heard about the proposals being considered today. The poll, conducted by WomanTrend, a division of the polling company™ inc., surveyed 800 women registered to vote and was conducted between October 19-25, 2009. Key findings include:

  • Government is not the solution: 61 percent of women think the private sector does a better job of providing choice in health care.
  • Change for thee, but not for me: 75 percent want few to no changes to their own healthcare (40 percent — be modified, but mostly left as is; 35 percent — be left as-is).
  • No egg timers: 43 percent of women say that Congress and the President should enact healthcare reform “only when quality legislation is developed, even if it means there is no deadline.” Less than three in ten think it needs to happen by the end of the year.
  • Too expensive: Only 10 percent say that $1 trillion or more should be spent on health care reform. Most put the acceptable amounts in the thousands (16 percent), millions (24 percent), or billions (16 percent).
  • Concerns with waste: 77 percent say government spends money in a mostly inefficient way and 55 percent believe CBO projections underestimate how much will ultimately be spent on health care reform.

The poll and executive summary can be found at www.iwf.org.

If you are interested in the role women play in the healthcare industry and what drives their decision-making, we invite you to join us for M2W®-HC™…The Conference for Marketing Healthcare to Women, November 5 & 6 in Washington, D.C. For more information or to register contact Heidi Bouthiette, 860-724-2649 x15 or visit  www.m2w-hc.com

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