More than six in 10 Americans with health insurance reported that they are responsible for paying more for their health plan in the past year and of these, 81% said the increase caused them to try to take better care of themselves and talk to the doctor more carefully about treatment options and costs. In addition, 64% of the respondents to the Health Confidence Survey said they went to the doctor only for more serious conditions or symptoms; 50% delayed going to the doctor; and 28% skipped or did not fill doses of their prescriptions.
Those results and others led the authors to conclude that rising healthcare costs are changing the way Americans use the healthcare system in both positive and negative ways. Americans with employment-based health insurance value it above the actual dollar amount it would cost them, as 76% of those with employer-provided health coverage said they would prefer $7,500 in employer-based health benefits to the same amount in taxable income.
The 10th annual survey of Americans on the nation's healthcare system was conducted by the not-for-profit Employee Benefit Research Institute and Mathew Greenwald & Associates, a public opinion and market research firm. -- by Cinda Becker
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