Eighty-six percent of Americans said healthcare reform is an important part of addressing the economic crisis, as consumer confidence in the healthcare system dropped last month, according to a new index by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Nearly one in four of the 500 households surveyed said that they are worried they will lose their health insurance in the next year, while 46% said that they worry they will not be able to afford future healthcare needs, according to the survey conducted by the University of Michigan Survey Research Center. Analysis was provided by the University of Minnesotas State Health Access Data Assistance Center.
About 22% said that they had trouble paying medical bills in the past year. Overall, consumer confidence in the healthcare system slipped 1.3 points to 98.7 points in May, out of a total of 200 points, according to the new index. The baseline of 100 points was established in the spring.
The RWJF Index shows that Americans feel vulnerable about their healthcare and want reform, said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in a written statement. Tracking consumer confidence in healthcare over time will be an important national indicator for whether we are genuinely improving healthcare and ultimately the health of all Americans.