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Top Health Priorities in the U.S.

Top Health Priorities in the U.S.

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The first quarterly Axios-Ipsos American Health Index surveyed Americans about health-related behaviors.


Survey Results

Half of Americans surveyed said that the government’s number one health priority should be lowering costs for prescription drugs and health care. Many people are feeling the strain of their wallet as they make health-related decisions. Researching cures for major diseases and reducing gun deaths, both at 14%, came in second place.

The greatest public health threats were opioids and fentanyl (26%), obesity (21%), and access to firearms and guns (17%).

Most Americans reported overall good health, including financial and emotional. The following items were ranked as “very good”, diet (21%), physical health (27%), and personal finances (29%).

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Erin Woulfe

Erin Woulfe

Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization, or providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”