U.S. adults are divided on whether the country is losing its edge on medical research and innovation, but 72 percent agree that spending more in this area will have a "significant long-term impact" on quality of life, employment and economic growth. That's according to a poll (.pdf) released yesterday by the Council of American Medical Innovation.
Among other highlights of the survey, as outlined in a release:
- Around two-thirds of respondents said investing in medical innovation will "help prevent and cure diseases will ultimately lower overall health care costs."
- Fifty-eight percent favored spending more on medical innovation and research "in order to address health problems such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and heart disease."
- Forty-eight percent said the development of new treatments and cures was a top reason for ensuring the U.S. is a global leader in medical innovation.