Politico September 27, 2022
Ben Leonard, Carmen Paun and Ruth Reader

The pandemic may not be to blame for Americans’ lack of faith in medicine.

Confidence in the medical health system fell hard this year: In 2022, only 38 percent of Americans said they trusted the system, down from 44 percent in 2021, according to pollster Gallup. That would seem to confirm the conventional wisdom that U.S. health care took a big hit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

But more than two decades of Gallup data show that trust in health care spiked at the pandemic’s outset and has now returned to the modern norm’s low levels.

That’s not good. The problem is intractable, and the solutions are hard to envision.

But we’ll give it a shot.

Faith in the health care system...

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