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Among those with annual family incomes of less than $30,000, 57 percent say medical treatments “create as many problems as they solve.” (Photo: Shutterstock)

They may not agree about the overall efficacy of medical care in the U.S., but Americans do pretty much concur on one thing: good care is unaffordable.

That’s according to a Pew Research Center survey, which finds that although the great majority of respondents—90 percent—believe science has had a mostly positive effect on the quality of health care, they’re pretty evenly divided in their opinion of the overall value of medical treatments, with 51 percent saying they “often create as many problems as they solve” and 48 percent saying they’re “worth the costs because they allow people to live longer and better quality lives.”

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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