Health Care Priorities Survey
A survey of physicians and consumers [I don't like this term at all] found that [p]hysicians and consumers appear divided on their health care priorities for 2005.
Malpractice reform, unsurprisingly, is top priority for physicians. More than 70% identified medical malpractice insurance and lawsuits as the leading factors that drive up costs, followed by the aging population (42%), the cost of prescription drugs (42%), and the poor health habits of Americans (37%).
For consumers [still not liking the term]:
By comparison, 60% of the consumers in the postelection survey said prescription drugs were the main cause of the rise in health care costs. For these respondents, health care and prescription drug costs ranked closely behind the economy and jobs as the number-one domestic priority for Congress.
Interestingly, when their answers were divided according to party affiliation:
...Republican respondents (57%) ranked medical liability reform as the second-highest priority for Congress, whereas Democratic and independent respondents didn't even list it as a top issue.