While It remains to be seen whether or not the monumental health care legislation passed last month will dramatically alter Americans' feelings about their country's heath system, a new online poll from Ipsos/Reuters suggests that there is certainly room for improvement.
The poll found, perhaps unsurprisingly, that people living in countries with government-run health care, such as Sweden and Canada, were generally more confident about receiving good, affordable health care than are Americans. More than 70 percent of Swedes and Canadians surveyed said it would be easy to find quality care at a reasonable price if a family member became ill, compared to just 51 percent of Americans.
And yet the survey found that not all countries in which the government plays an active role in health care reported such high levels of confidence: Germans, for example, were actually less optimistic than Americans, while Brits were only slightly more optimistic than people in the U.S. In Japan, which has universal health care, a mere 15 percent felt positive about their chances of receiving quality affordable care.
The survey, which interviewed more than 23,000 people worldwide, was conducted between November 2009 and January 2010, and therefore Americans were responding before health care reform legislation had passed.
The slideshow below shows the percent of people surveyed in each country who felt that it would be easy "for a family member to get quality, affordable health care." You can see a full chart of the data here.