Poll: Cost most pressing U.S. health problem

Americans believe cost is the most urgent health program facing the country today, surpassing access to healthcare as the most pressing issue, the latest Gallup poll reports. Up until now access to care has been named the top problem in polls conducted in 2007 through 2012. The number of Americans citing costs as the nation's top health problems rose four percent since last year, according to the findings from the poll, conducted Nov. 7 to 10. Despite the problems with the HealthCare.gov website and criticism of the healthcare reform rollout, fewer Americans now see access as the foremost health dilemma (16 percent) than in any year since 2005. This year's figure represents a 13-point decline from 2007 and 2008, when nearly three in 10 Americans named access as the nation's main health concern, according to the poll announcement. Announcement

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