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Health reform: The debate goes public is an Economist Intelligence Unit report commissioned by Philips, the third in a series of four to be published in 2009. The Economist Intelligence Unit bears sole responsibility for the content of this report. The findings and views expressed within do not necessarily represent the views of Philips.
Our research drew on two main initiatives.
In June and July 2009 we conducted a major survey of citizens across four key economies: the US, UK, Germany and India. In total, 1,575 respondents took part in the survey, with an equal gender split. All respondents were of working age, with the sample including full- and part-time employees, students, the unemployed and retirees.
To supplement the survey results and help interpret their implications, we also conducted indepth interviews with numerous leading figures in the healthcare sector, including policymakers, practitioners and other experts.
Of the respondents, 481 were in the US, 461 in Germany, 360 in the UK and 273 in India. The survey sought to be broadly representative of each country’s population, across a range of age groups, levels of education and employment status. In the case of India, most respondents fell into the 18-55 age group, with only a small percentage aged 56 and over. Similarly, in line with demographic trends, the US cohort included the largest proportion of respondents aged 56 and over. Almost 40% of US and UK respondents, and 23% of Germans, were retired.
The report was written by Julie Sell and edited by Iain Scott and Gareth Lofthouse. We would like to thank everyone who participated in the survey, and all the interviewees, for their time and insight.