AARP Survey Studies Attitudes on US Health Care System and Learning Lessons from other Countries

Jun 7, 2023

AARP recently surveyed more than 1,000 older adults’ satisfaction with health care in the U.S. and an interest in exploring how other countries approach aging issues.

Respondents expressed concerns about accessibility and cost with only 16% saying healthcare is affordable. On the other hand, the survey reveals 82% believe the U.S. could learn from other countries about health care best practices while 45% are personally interested in learning from an international perspective about ways to approach healthy aging.

Experience with traveling abroad may impact interests and opinions. An individual’s gender and
income significantly affect one’s opinions when comparing the U.S. to other countries on healthcare
effectiveness. Men are significantly more likely than women to rate the U.S. high when comparing it to other
countries on various aspects of healthcare. Similarly, respondents with annual incomes less than $30,000 are
significantly more likely to rate the U.S. higher on most of the areas measured.

More information is available in the full survey results here.