Business Leaders' Views on American Health Care, 1990 (ICPSR 6032)

Principal Investigator(s): Cantor, Joel C., Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


This survey interviewed business leaders from Fortune 500 companies (chief executive officers, presidents, and chairmen of the board) on health care issues. Its purpose was to assess their views on the need for change in the health care system, the directions that such changes should take, and the role that business should play in the health care system. In addition, respondents were asked if their companies self-insured for insurance benefits or purchased coverage from a health insurance company, if there was an executive-level effort at their companies to decide where they stood on national health policy issues, and if they believed their companies would be able to bring their health costs under control over the next year or two. For each company, the data include information on the number of employees, the percentage of total payroll used for health care benefits, the percentage of sales in health-related business, and the company type (financial services and insurance, sales and diversified services, utilities and transportation, durable goods, nondurable goods, and forestry/mining/petroleum).

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Study Description


Cantor, Joel C. Business Leaders' Views on American Health Care, 1990. ICPSR06032-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998.

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This study was funded by:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (PC-218)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    businesses, employee benefits, health care, health care costs, health insurance, health policy, insurance coverage

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1990-07-05--1990-12-17

Date of Collection:   

  • 1990-07-05--1990-12-17

Universe:    Chief executives of the 1,000 firms on the Fortune 500 service and industrial lists.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) The data contain SAS missing data codes (".", "D", and "R"). (2) The SAS transport file was generated by the SAS CPORT procedure. (3) The codebook and frequencies are provided as Portable Document Format (PDF) files. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet. The codebook is also provided as an ASCII text file.


Sample:    All members of the universe were included in the sample. A response rate of 37.8 percent was achieved.

Data Source:

telephone interviews and self-enumerated questionnaires


Original ICPSR Release:   1995-08-16

Version History:

  • 1998-04-20 The codebook and frequencies are now available as PDF files.

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