Americans want medical innovation investment
WASHINGTON – Americans believe that the United States must invest more in medical innovation to avoid a "significant long-term impact" on quality of life and economic growth, according to a poll released today by the Council for American Medical Innovation.
The poll found:
1. 72 percent of Americans believe there will be significant long-term impact on quality of life, employment and economic growth if the United States fails to spend more on medical innovation.
2. 66 percent believe medical innovation will lower health care costs.
3. 58 percent say the federal government should spend more on medical innovation and research.
4. 48 percent say jobs and economic growth are top reasons why it is important for the United States to be the global leader in medical innovation and research, while 48 percent also say the development of new treatments and cures are top reasons.
5. 74 percent are in favor of establishing incentives and reforms to the tax code to attract investment in medical innovation and research.
The findings complement a survey commissioned by AstraZeneca late last year, in which 60 percent of Americans said that the United States "is not as innovative as it used to be" and just 30 percent of Americans believe that the United States will be the most innovative nation a decade from now.
"Never before in our history has there been a greater opportunity to create jobs, grow our economy and deliver the treatments, cures and breakthroughs necessary to combating the world's most pressing medical challenges," said Dick Gephardt, former US House Majority Leader and co-chairman of CAMI.
Former HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt added, "The more we work together to make this issue a national priority today, the stronger our nation will be five, 10 and 15 years from now."
The poll was presented at "Medical Innovation at the Crossroads: Choosing the Path Ahead" in Washington.
– By Tony Jewell