Americans are not putting as much money away for retirement and are saving less due to higher medical expenses, according to a survey released today by two Washington, D.C.-based healthcare research organizations. They also are increasingly concerned about affordability of care in the future and are growing increasingly more dissatisfied with the healthcare system overall.
The 2004 Health Confidence Survey, sponsored by the not-for-profit Employee Benefit Research Institute and healthcare market researcher Mathew Greenwald & Associates, indicates healthcare is on par with terrorism and national security and is ahead of concerns about the economy, the war in Iraq and education as the nation's most critical issue.
Two in 10 Americans indicated they thought healthcare was the most important issue, according to a 24-page report on the findings of EBRI's seventh annual survey, conducted between June 21 and July 23 and based on 20-minute telephone interviews with 1,203 people ages 21 and older.
Some other key findings:
Complete survey findings are available on the EBRI Web site.