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The Trust Crisis in HealthcareCauses, Consequences, and Cures$
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David A. Shore

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176360

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176360.001.0001

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Why Americans Don’t Trust the Government and Don’t Trust Healthcare

Why Americans Don’t Trust the Government and Don’t Trust Healthcare

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The Trust Crisis in Healthcare

Robert J. Blendon

Oxford University Press

The United States has had a history of having increasing levels of distrust of the government, from the founding fathers to the Vietnam War to scandals in recent years. This chapter demonstrates how the changes in trust levels in the U.S. healthcare system parallel the changes in trust of the US government. These changes can be correlated to historical events and have similar dynamics. The chapter draws parallels from other sectors of society to healthcare on the personal, institutional, and organizational levels, and looks at why the healthcare sector is experiencing—and deserves—the decline in trust.

Keywords:   increasing distrust, trust in government, dynamics of distrust, institutional distrust

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