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Citizens’ Health Care Working Group: Public Comments

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 – Confidence in Healthcare 2017

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.

Harris Interactive Poll: Concern with Drug Costs (2016)

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

Harris Poll: Doctor Visit Satisfaction (2015)

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.

Health Reform – Consumer Thoughts about ACA – 2018

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.

How Important is Health Care in 2018? (KFF Survey)

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.

Opinions on Greatest Health Problems in US – Gallup Poll 2017

79% of Americans are dissatisfied with the total cost of healthcare in Gallup poll Nov. 2018. No surprise, then, that Cost topped the 2018 list of most urgent health problems facing this country, named by 25% of those surveyed. Second place was Access (named by 22%). In most recent results, 57% see healthcare (insurance) coverage as a federal government responsibility, up one point from 2017. Trends back to 2000 are shown. Running list of results from Gallup polls

Survey: Americans’ Satisfaction and Dissatisfaction with Health Care, 2017, EBRI

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

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High Deductible Health Plan Enrollees: EBRI 2018 Survey

December 2018 issue brief (No. 468) presents findings from the Annual (2018) EBRI Consumer Engagement in Health Care Survey. Estimated 46% of the population under age 65 are enrolled in high deductible health plans (HDHPs), about half of whom had a Health Saving Account HSA-eligible (or HRA) plan.  Consumers with a high deductible were much more likely to delay care because of cost (33%) compared to those enrolled in a traditional plan (18%). While HDHP enrollees looked for cost information much more often than traditional plan people, they were actually less likely to have been able to find it. HDHP enrollees checked quality ratings for doctors or hospitals more often than those in traditional plans did. As to fitness memberships, HDHP enrollees were less likely to participate than those in traditional plans. Although the survey reportedly measures consumer satisfaction, this year’s report did not include those results. Past years’ findings reported lower satisfaction with HDHPs than people with traditional health insurance.

Survey: Californians’ Attitudes toward Death and Dying

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

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