Americans are more worried about rising healthcare costs than about any other potential threat, including a terrorist attack, according to a new poll of expectations for the coming six months by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation in Menlo Park, Calif.
The Kaiser Health Poll finds that 38% of Americans say they are "very worried" that their healthcare payments will rise, slightly edging out the 37% who say they are "very worried" their income might not keep pace with inflation.
In comparison, 22% of those polled say they are "very worried" about losing money in the stock market, 19% about not being able to pay their rent or mortgage, 19% about being a victim of a terrorist attack and 15% about losing their job, Kaiser reports.
Probing healthcare concerns more deeply, Kaiser finds that 26% of respondents say they were "very worried" they might not be able to afford needed prescription drugs, and 18% are "very worried" about losing coverage.
"Worries about health care are at the forefront of the economic concerns American have," Kaiser says.