Survey: Pharmacists lead pack when it comes to patient trust
WEST DES MOINE, Iowa — A new survey conducted by Meyocks has found that pharmacists are the most trusted group in the healthcare industry. According to the Meyocks Health Survey, 60% of patients trust pharmacists, 26% have a neutral opinion and 14% don’t trust them — both the highest trust rate and the lowest distrust rate among other groups in the survey.
Doctors and dentists trailed pharmacists, with 56% and 51% of people saying they trusted them, respectively. Ranking lower were executives at insurance companies, who 55% of respondents said they distrust. Members of Congress fared worst in the survey, with only 9% of survey respondents saying they trusted them, with 72% expressing distrust.
“In general, Americans trust the people who directly provide health care more than others in the system,” Meyocks president Doug Jeske said. “Still, these results should be another wake-up call to those in the health care industry. We live in a polarized, skeptical society, and the health industry isn’t immune to that. Americans are looking for transparency and positive actions in a time of economic and cultural uncertainty, and key members of the health care system are struggling to deliver – or to get credit for the good things they are doing.”