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Health is among the top personal concerns

Health is among the top personal concerns

When people are asked to name the most important problems that they and their families are currently facing, financial worries often come out on top, with health a close second. In one country out of two, personal illness, health-care costs, poor quality care or other health issues are the top personal concerns of over one third of the population surveyed (Figure 1.11). It is, therefore, not surprising that a breakdown of the health-care system – or even the hint of a breakdown – can lead to popular discontent that threatens the ambitions of the politicians seen to be responsible.

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