New report: Do Americans believe the “myths” about health care reform? Yes, they do.

Responses to: "The Federal Government will become directly involved in making personal health care decisions for you."

Responses to: "The Federal Government will become directly involved in making personal health care decisions for you."

What do you believe about health care reform? Will a “’public option’ will increase health care costs, not lower them”? Will the government “require the elderly to make decisions about how and when they will die”? A new report from the Indiana University Center for Bioethics (IUCB) and the Indiana University Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research (CHPPR), shares the results of a survey measuring how Americans regard some common assertions made about health care reform.

In the press release, IUCB faculty investigator and director of CHPPR, Aaron Carroll, observes:

A surprisingly large proportion of Americans believe what the White House has dubbed ‘myths’ about health care reform …. Ironically, we found that the least believed myths, such as those related to mandatory end-of-life decisions and euthanasia counseling, are those that have gained the most traction in the media and have resulted in changes to the House bill.

Visit the CHPPR web site for a more details on this survey (and others) or download the survey methodology and full report [PDF – 187 KB].

Readers may also want to see what The Association of Bioethics Program Directors (including IUCB’s Eric M. Meslin – press release) have to say: Three Myths about the Ethics of Health Care Reform.

Related:

Kate Dailey and Sarah Kliff. Study: No Matter How Crazy, Healthcare Myths Take Hold. Newsweek: The Human Condition. August 20, 2009.

– J.O.

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