Many New Jersey Residents Concerned About Health Care

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About 50% of New Jersey's residents said they believe "fundamentalchanges are needed" for the state's health care system, and about 48%said they would pay $500 annually in additional taxes for universalhealth coverage, according to a Rutgers University survey released Wednesday, the Bergen Record reports.

The survey of 1,100 residents was conducted over the summer and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundationto assess the public's concerns and support for possible solutions. Thepoll has margin of error of three percentage-points. According to thesurvey, the cost of health care ranked second as the issue residentswere "very worried" about, behind incomes not keeping pace with thecost of living. In addition, the survey found:

  • 37% of residents are "very worried" about their ability to afford health coverage;
  • 29% of residents are concerned about losing their health coverage;
  • One in three residents believes the state needs to "completely rebuild" its health care system;
  • 88% of residents said large companies should help their employees with coverage premiums; and
  • 83% of residents support expanding programs that provide health coverage to low-income residents, such as Medicaid and NJ Family Care (Layton, Bergen Record, 10/4).

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