Navigation Links
Access to Care Leads Americans' Priorities in First-Ever Public Study of Health Value

WASHINGTON, May 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When Americans were asked to value the most important of dozens of health products and services as they consider spending their own money, they chose access to care over everything else, a new study revealed.

The Spectrum Health Value Study(TM), the first publicly available longitudinal study of its kind, queried a representative sample of Americans over the past six months on the value of health services, products or programs from a personal financial decision-making perspective. The study's sponsor, Spectrum, a Washington, DC-based health and science communications firm, released results of the first two waves of data collection as the national dialogue on health care reform gains momentum. Conducted by New York-based Russell Research in conjunction with Spectrum, the ongoing online study requires respondents to make a series of choices among a standard list of 27 services and products.

Respondents overwhelmingly identified access to physician services, medical services at a hospital and emergency care services, in that order, as their highest valued health priorities. The least valued health services included psychiatric services, vocational rehabilitation, services for mental retardation and substance abuse.

"Health reformers cannot afford to overlook how everyday constituents, when faced with difficult trade-offs, place a relative value on health services and products as they would spend their own money," said John J. Seng, president and CEO of Spectrum in explaining the health consulting firm's interest in conducting the study. "With this new information, a vital piece of the health reform debate falls into place," added Seng.

"We learned that most Americans agree that they contribute in some way or another to resources for health care, and when considering how they would spend their money, it's all about access to care," said Audrey Spolarich, Spectrum's senior advisor for research. "Americans ranked access significantly higher than all other products and services, such as preventive health care or mental health care," added Spolarich.

The Spectrum Health Value Study(TM) detailed findings may be found at Spectrum plans to continue querying samples of Americans on their health values and make available findings on a quarterly basis.

Additional Study findings:

  • 69 percent agreed that the cost of health care benefits and services are ultimately paid for by individuals who contribute in various ways.
  • The number of persons with health insurance coverage dropped from 82 percent in January 2009 to 74 percent in April.
  • The percentage of people using products and services on a regular basis has generally fallen between January and April.
  • Also of note, in light of the recent H1N1 outbreak, Americans placed nominal value on the emergency relief and preventive services.
  • While Americans value preventive health services strongly, they do not use them on a regular basis and when they do use them they are not very satisfied with the quality of preventive health services.
  • Despite the attention being raised around the obesity epidemic, Americans neither value nor use nutrition services. When they are used, they are not considered very satisfactory.

About the Spectrum Health Value Study

The Study is being fielded online using the Max-Diff methodology every quarter for the long-term. During each phase of the study, approximately 1,000 respondents are surveyed about a set of health care products and services. For each random set of four products and services, the respondent is asked to identify which in each group they value most, and which they value least. A statistical algorithm compiles the responses. The results indicate the health care products and service the American consumer values most or least when spending their own health care dollars. The data collection and tabulations are being conducted by Russell Research, a leader in online and market research.

The Spectrum Health Value Study(TM) is a trademark of Spectrum. The study is funded solely through an equity investment by Spectrum and receives no external organization or corporate support. Spectrum ( is committed to achieving the goals of clients who are involved with issues, products, provider services or research in life and human health sciences.

SOURCE Spectrum
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. GAO Report Confirms: Medicare Underpays for Anesthesia Services; Nurse Anesthetists Assure Seniors Access to Safe Anesthesia Care
2. Report on patients access to cancer drugs uses flawed methods to reached flawed conclusions
3. Open access to health research publications
4. Patient Advocate Foundation Launches Program to Help Uninsured Virginians with Chronic, Debilitating and Life-Threatening Illness Access Quality Healthcare
5. Care reforms raise concerns over patient access to GP services
6. Access Innovations Provides Support Services for Agis Network
7. RAND researchers offer options to improve immigrant health care quality, access
8. Uninsured community health center patients often have difficulty accessing specialty services
9. Hispanics hypertension better controlled with equal access to care
10. PA Health Department Survey Shows Impact of Income, Gender, Other Factors on Health and Access to Health Care
11. More than 10,000 Medicare Patients in Montana Could Be Hit by Proposed Cuts to Home Oxygen Therapy; Access to Power Wheelchairs Would Also Decrease
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... Health-E-minds ... collaborated with Women’s Web – an online resource for Indian women looking ... and emotional well-being relationship, life balance, stress, professional development, and lifestyle. Health-E-minds ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... 25, 2015 , ... The holiday season is jam-packed with ... palates of attendees is of the utmost importance. Whether you are cooking at ... these recipes a try this holiday season. , Turkey Croquettes , ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Dr. John Pierce, Medical Director at the Ageless ... treatment with the Capillus272™ Pro laser therapy cap. FDA cleared for safety and efficacy, ... without the need for surgery, prescription pills, or topical foams. , “Capillus272™ Pro ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... 25, 2015 , ... According to an article published November 10th ... widely heralded as a breakthrough for performing hernia repairs. The article explains that the ... is that it can greatly reduce the pain that a patient might otherwise experience ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... athletic programs, launches new Wimbledon Athletics Facebook page to educate the ... for unsuspected cardiac abnormalities. About 2,000 people under the age of 25 die ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... Nov. 26, 2015 Research and Markets ( ... "Advanced Wound Care Market by Type (Dressings, Therapy Devices, ... (In-Patient Facility, Out-Patient Facility), and Geography - Global Forecast ... --> --> The purpose ... and forecast of the global advanced wound care market. ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... India , November 26, 2015 ... --> adds ... Report" and "Investigation Report on China ... and 2021 forecasts data and information ... . ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , Nov. 26, 2015 Research ... addition of the "2016 Future Horizons and ... (TDM) Market: Supplier Shares, Country Segment Forecasts, Competitive ... --> --> ... analysis of the Italian therapeutic drug monitoring market, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: