The latest health care survey from Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) reports the following.
- Americans remain confident about health care
- About health care costs – not so much
This was following the Supreme Court’s decision regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
Funny, when I read the details, confidence is not the word that springs to mind.
Rating the Health Care System
800 phone surveys make up the 15th annual Health Confidence Survey.
The graph below depicts the responses from repondents when asked how they would rate the health care system.
According to the results, 45% rated the health care system as Good or better, while 54% rated it Fair or worse.
The report also noted that between 1999 and 2004, the percentage of respondents rating the system as Poor doubled from 15% to 30%.
The rating that scores the Confident label has to do with the respondents’ own health plans.
- 57% who have coverage rate their satisfaction level as Excellent or Very Satisfied
- 32% are Somewhat satisfied
- 10% are Not too or Not at all satisfied
Still not a ringing endorsement.
Now here’s something that you’ll find shocking – dissatisfaction is focused on cost.
According to the survey, this is a good news/bad news response.
- 85% report they take better care of themselves due to the increasing cost
- 67% say they choose generic drugs more often
- 58% report carefully reviewing options with their physician
- 54% only visit their physician for more serious conditions/symptoms
I find myself somewhat skeptical of the first point. Hopeful – but skeptical.
Some of the fallout from the increasing costs include the following.
- 31% decreased contributions to retirement
- 53% decreased contributions to other savings
Increasing health care costs have resulted in financial consequences (e.g., increasing debt, depletion of savings).
How would you rate your health plan?
How about the health care system?
Or are you tired of talking about it?
Notice of Disclaimer –Cathy Miller is not an attorney or health care provider and cannot provide legal or health care advice. The information provided is for your general background only, and is not intended to constitute legal or health care advice as to your specific circumstances. We recommend you review legislation with legal counsel and visit your physician for health care issues.