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SURVEY FINDS AMERICANS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT EFFECT OF HEALTH CARE REFORM ON COUNTRY, BUT UNSURE ABOUT IMPACT ON THEIR OWN LIVES

 -- Capping Fees/Prices, Expanding Home Care
 Seen As Ways of Addressing Health Care Crisis --
 WESTBURY, N.Y., June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans are more optimistic about how the country as a whole will fare under national health care reform than how they will be affected personally, according to a new survey by Olsten HealthCare.
 The survey shows that Americans are divided evenly about how they will be affected: one-third (29.8 percent) thinks they will be better off. Another third (29.5 percent) thinks their personal situation will be unchanged. But nearly as many think they will be worse off (25.9 percent). In contrast, a majority say the country will be better off under health care reform (51.8 percent), while a little more than one- in-five (21.5 percent) say the country will be worse off.
 "It's clear that Americans support the concept of health care reform but have concerns about how it will be implemented," says Robert Fusco, executive vice president and general manager of Olsten HealthCare. "However, there was broad support for certain governmental actions which would lower costs while maintaining high quality care."
 The most popular of these actions is capping doctor/hospital fees and drug prices, which has the support of more than four-in-five respondents (86.7 percent). More than three-quarters of those polled also favor limiting physician liability for malpractice claims (78.5 percent) and providing professional medical care for more patients in their own homes (78.5 percent).
 Senator Bill Bradley (D-NJ), an advocate of professional in-home medical care, comments on the survey findings: "It is not the nursing home, the hospital or the group home which provide the most care for Americans with disabilities -- it is the family. As the national health care reform plan unfolds, we must recognize and support the families who provide special care in their homes," Senator Bradley says.
 In contrast, the survey shows significantly less enthusiasm for the effectiveness of requiring all Americans to join a managed care program (58.9 percent) or limiting the availability of certain medical procedures (52.5 percent).
 The survey, conducted during May, sampled the opinions of 1,011 Americans on health care cost control issues.
 Olsten HealthCare is a division of The Olsten Corporation (AMEX: OLS), based in Westbury, N.Y.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Camera ready artwork depicting survey data available upon request./
 /CONTACT: Steve Iaco, 212-887-8090, or Lisa Easley, 212-887-8016, both of Creamer Dickson Basford for Olsten HealthCare/
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