Nearly half of all U.S. adults believe the healthcare system is getting worse, according to a new national survey released Wednesday by the Catholic Healthcare West health system.
The survey findings, taken from 1,771 telephone interviews of a random sample of adults age 18 and older, represent the systems first Health Security Index, which is meant to measure and provide a composite score based on respondents attitudes and perceptions about subjects such as affordability, quality and access to healthcare.
Affordability was the biggest concern: 60% worried about their ability to afford healthcare services, and 72% supported universal healthcare as an option.
Overall, the index ranked American health security at 66 out of 100, although income, health status and insurance coverage affected individual scores, said Steve Bodhaine, president of the Segmentation Co., a division of marketing-consultancy Yankelovich, Chapel Hill, N.C., at a news briefing to release the findings. Unsurprisingly, those who were uninsured, had poor health and had a lower socio-economic status scored lower on the index than the wealthier respondents, he said.
The Catholic Healthcare West network has 42 hospitals in Arizona, California and Nevada. -- by Jennifer Lubell