Survey Gives Healthcare Reform Mixed Reviews

Healthcare ReformAmericans are divided on their perceptions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s ability to increase insurance access and control healthcare costs,  according to a recent survey by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.  Approximately 59 percent of respondents believe the law will positively impact Americans’ access to affordable insurance.  Another 20 percent said the law’s impact on insurance access will be negative.  Respondents generally believe that the law will reduce insurance, hospital, physician, hospital and drugs costs.

“Since 2008, we have surveyed consumers about their assessment of the U.S. health care system,” said Paul Keckley, Ph.D., executive director of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.   “Consumers remain mixed in their assessment of the system’s performance, concerned about costs, and supportive of changes that improve its value.  Our survey findings indicate that the views of respondents are dramatically different based on age,” added Keckley.  “Younger adults tend to be more optimistic about the impact of health reform, while older adults tend to be more skeptical.”

Healthcare costs continue to be an issue.  More than one-third (36 percent) of respondents said they are financially prepared to handle future healthcare costs, compared with 17 percent who say they are unprepared.  Just five percent of young adults 18-24 say they are financially unprepared.  This is likely due to the fact that, under the new law, they can remain on their parents’ coverage until they reach their 26th birthdays.  Consumers think health insurance company costs (70 percent), hospital costs (69 percent) and prescription drugs (61 percent) are major influences on driving overall healthcare system costs.

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