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
Gallup Poll found 37% of people had a Great Deal or Quite a Lot of confidence in the medical system in 2017. This compares to high confidence levels for the military (72%), small business (70%) and police (57%). By contrast, public schools had a 36% confidence level; HMOs had 19%, and Congress had a 12% level.
October 2016 survey of adults shows Americans concerned with rising costs for drugs, and ready to put price caps in place. Eight of 10 (81%) supported price controls on drugs, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers…supported by both democrats (85%) and republicans (77%). Published by HealthDay/Harris Poll
On their most recent visit to a health care provider, 88% said they were satisfied with the experience. This compares to 91% satisfied with their last visit to a restaurant, for example, 63% satisfied with their last interaction with their health insurance company, and 59% satisfied visiting a mobile phone store. The doctor’s overall knowledge, training and expertise ranked the highest of the Very Important factors contributing to a positive experience. Overall, 62% of consumers ranked an online cost estimator as the number one technology they would like, with only 7% of doctors already having this in place. Harris Poll published January 2016.
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll from February 2018 shows 54% of the public had a favorable view of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed in 2010. While a substantial majority of Democrats continue to support ACA, and a majority of Republicans do not support it, the Independents tip the scale, with 55% having a favorable opinion of the law. Health care cost is the top health care issue mentioned by voters when asked what they want to hear 2018 candidates discuss in mid-term elections.
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll Health Care shows health care to be one of the top three concerns in the midterm elections. The Economy and Jobs, and Gun Control are the other big issues as of late April 2018. Within healthcare, healthcare costs ranked at the top of people’s concerns. Telephone survey of 2000 adults, by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Published May 10, 2018.
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
Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) released findings of its 2017 Health and Voluntary Workplace Benefits Survey, conducted online in June. Key findings: A majority (55%) rated America’s health care system as fair or poor. Yet, half (50%) were very or extremely satisfied with their current health plan. Only 22% were equally satisfied with the cost of their health insurance; just 49% were very or extremely satisfied with the quality of medical care received. Workers ranked health care as the most critical issue in the nation, with 31% ranking it #1. Next in line was terrorism (ranked top by 21%). Jobs was 4th (13%); immigration was 6th (7%). Published Jan. 2018
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