Most Americans concerned about rising drugs costs amid COVID-19, Gallup says

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A new study by West Health and Gallup revealed that Americans are concerned with potential negative developments resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nearly 90% of the 1,016 U.S. adults surveyed between May 11, 2020, and May 22, 2020, said they are “very” (55%) or “somewhat” (33%) concerned that the pharmaceutical industry will leverage the ongoing pandemic to raise drug prices. According to a news release, Democrats (66%) were more likely to say they are concerned than independents (52%) and Republicans (49%).

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Gallup has a new poll that medtech should care about

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Fewer Americans are worried about going to the doctor amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new online poll from Gallup.

The poll provides good news for the medical device industry as it seeks to recover from a dropoff in elective procedures — and even procedures that people need — as hospitals focus on treating people suffering from the coronavirus.

Gallup found 22% of Americans during the May 14–24 time period were very concerned about COVID-19 exposure during a visit to a doctor’s office or hospital, down more than 20 percentage points from the 44% registered March 28–April 6.

The poll found 42% were moderately concerned — about the same level as the 40% recorded in late March and early April.

Meanwhile, 26% of respondents were not too concerned, and 11% were not concerned at all — up from  13% and 3% respectively in the previous poll. Read more

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