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. Comments are classic.
Gallup Poll found 36% of people had a Great Deal or Quite a Lot of confidence in the medical system in 2019. This compares to high confidence levels for the military (73%), small business (68%) and police (53%). By contrast, public schools had a 29% confidence level; the Presidency had 38%, and Congress had an 11% 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 July 2019 shows 48% of the public had a favorable view of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed in 2010. While a substantial majority (80%) of Democrats continue to support ACA, and 80% of Republicans do not support it, slightly less than half (49%) of Independents have a favorable opinion of the law (39% of Independents are unfavorable). Health care is the top issue (followed by climate change) mentioned by Democrat voters when asked what they want to hear Democrat candidates discuss in 2019 debates
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.
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 of adults (patients) who recently used physician services reports patient opinions on many healthcare issues. About 95% were satisfied with their primary doctor. More patients thought health insurance companies, drug companies and Congress each have more impact on treatment options than physicians do. More than 3/4 of patients believe that technological advances will improve quality of care. They also wish doctors would listen more. Extensive and interesting survey on a wide range of topics. Survey of 1700 patients, ages 27 to 77, conducted in June 2017 for The Physicians Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports physicians.
Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) released findings of its 2018 Health and Workplace Benefits Survey, conducted online in June. Key findings: Half (50%) rated America’s health care system as fair or poor. About half (49%) were extremely or very satisfied with their health plans. Further, almost two thirds (65%) expressed confidence in their current health plan. Only 22% were extremely or very satisfied with the cost of their health insurance; just 47% 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 26% ranking it #1. Next in line was immigration (ranked top by 18%). Jobs was 4th (13%). Published September 2018
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 (41% vs 33%). 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.
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