A stratified probability sample of the Houston, Texas population was interviewed with a previously described questionnaire (Allen, D., and D. Levi, National Health and Optometry—a survey of public attitudes, Am. J. Optom., 52 (4): 291-300, 1975) to assess present opinion of national health care and public awareness of vision care and its role in a national health care system. Of the population surveyed, 72% favored a national health care bill, some 10% lower than reported 1 year previously. A large percentage of the population sampled favored inclusion of vision care. The results are described in terms of demographic trends for those who have received optometric and ophthalmological care.
* Read before the Section on Public Health and Occupational Vision at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Optometry, Columbus, Ohio, December 1975.
† Optometrist, M.S., Member of Faculty, Fellow, American Academy of Optometry.
‡ Optometrist, M.P.H., Member of Faculty, Fellow, American Academy of Optometry.
§ Optometrist, M.A., Adjunct Member of Faculty, Fellow, American Academy of Optometry.
AUTHOR'S ADDRESS: Dennis M. Levi University of Houston College of Optometry Cullen Boulevard Houston, Texas 77004
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