Polls & Surveys - What Do People Think About Health Care and Insurance?
Thousands of comments [Shared Experiences] submitted by citizens and interested organizations reveal the realities of the present day health care system in the United States. Citizen comments address rising drug costs, exclusions and premium hikes for health insurance, affordability of health insurance by the self employed, health care quality, loss of health insurance, and more
October 2015 survey of adults shows Americans concerned with rising costs for drugs, and ready to put price caps in place. Nearly 3/4 (73%) supported price controls on pharmaceutical/medical device manufacturers...led by democrats (81%) and 74% of independents. Drug companies, the health care system as a whole and insurance companies get consumers' top blame for the high cost of healthcare. Published by Harris Poll Nov. 2015
Annual Harris Poll shows fewer consumers see drug companies and health insurance companies as honest and trustworthy, compared to assessments of hospitals. Hospitals ranked behind supermarkets as trustworthy, with 28% rating. Drug companies and health insurance came in at 10% and 7% favorable, respectively. Online survey of 2250 adults. Published Dec. 2013
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll Health Care shows health care was about a third-level priority behind the Economy and Immigration, as of December 2016. Within healthcare, lowering out-of-pocket costs, including costs for prescription drugs ranked at the top of people's concerns. Telephone survey of 1204 adults, by the Kaiser Family Foundation Dec. 13-19, 2016
78% of Americans are dissatisfied with the total cost of healthcare in Gallup poll Nov. 2017. Topping the Nov. 2017 list of most urgent health problems facing this country, however, was Access to healthcare /health insurance, named by 24% of those surveyed. Second place was Cost of healthcare (16%). In most recent results, 56% see healthcare (insurance) coverage as a federal government responsibility. Trends back to 2000 are shown. Running list of results from Gallup polls
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May 2017 issue brief (No. 433) presents findings from the Annual (2016) EBRI Consumer Engagement in Health Care Survey. Estimated 14% of the population enrolled in high deductible health plans HDHP, and an additional 14% have a Health Saving Account HSA-eligible (or HRA) plan for a total estimated at 58 million adults. Although the survey reportedly measures consumer satisfaction, this year's report again did not update prior years' findings of lower satisfaction with HDHPs than people with traditional health insurance. Consumers with a high deductible reported more often asking for generic drugs, or checking prices (cost information).
Report from California "Final Chapter: Californians' Attitudes and Experiences with Death and Dying" is based on a survey of 1669 people Oct. 26 - Nov. 3, 2011. Describes people's beliefs about end of life care, preparations, ICU use, and more. California Healthcare Foundation, 31 pages, Feb. 2012