A majority of Utahns say medical care is a right, regardless of a patient's ability to pay.

Some 77 percent of those questioned, in a Dan Jones poll commissioned by the Utah Hospital Association, say no one should be denied basic medical care. A smaller percentage, 64 percent, said that expensive medical procedures should be available to everyone. "Successful outcome" should be a higher determinant of medical procedures than "ability to pay."The Jones poll, taken last September, sampled 603 Utahns, with a possible error of plus or minus 4 percent.

Some 42 percent of respondents feel hospitals are cost-shifting, charging higher bills to paying patients to cover the costs of charity patients. Only 9 percent of respondents agreed with the practice.

Nearly three-fourths of those polled - 72 percent - believe employers should be required to provide basic health insurance to employees and suggest businesses should offer incentives to employees to stay well.