After a sharp rise in confidence in October, the foundation's monthly Health Care Consumer Confidence Index, or RWJF Index, fell in November from 104.4 points to 96.9 points, “returning to a confidence level closer to those seen throughout most of 2009. Since the RWJF Index began in April 2009, confidence has averaged 99.2 points,” the foundation reported.
Despite monthly fluctuation, “over time people's concern regarding their ability to access and pay for care has remained consistent. That suggests that Americans' confidence in the future of their care is more affected by personal concerns than political rhetoric,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
In recapping 2009 results, the index revealed that roughly one in four Americans each month (26.5%) worried that they would lose healthcare coverage and nearly half were concerned they would not be able to afford future healthcare needs if they or a family member became seriously ill.
The poll's results reflected telephone interviews with 508 randomly chosen people and was conducted from Oct. 29 to Nov. 23.