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Need for Health Care Reform Escalates; One in Four Americans Skip Care When Sick or Injured
Date:3/17/2009

re willing to consider for future changes:

  • Fifty-three percent would like employers to be required to provide health insurance for employees (17 percent oppose).
  • Thirty-seven percent favor a mandate requiring every American to obtain health insurance either through direct purchase or through an employer or government program.
  • Twenty-five percent favor increasing taxes to help cover the uninsured (43 percent oppose and 32 percent are lukewarm).
  • Cost concerns (52 percent) and loss or lack of employer sponsorship (52 percent) are major reasons for not having coverage among the uninsured.
  • Almost half (47 percent) of those who dropped their coverage in the last year did so because they couldn't afford or didn't want to pay the high cost of insurance; 33 percent did so because they switched jobs and 10 percent did so because their employer dropped their plan.
  • Most (94 percent) believe health care costs are a threat to their personal financial security --only 6 percent say their household is completely prepared financially to handle anticipated health care costs.
  • Eighty-four percent believe current economic conditions will make it harder for consumers to pay their medical bills; 28 percent had problems paying medical bills in the past year.
  • Seven in 10 say they would participate in a wellness program if they were given financial incentives, such as a reduced insurance premium or monetary reward.
  • Forty-two percent want access to an online personal health record connected to their doctor's office.
  • Fifty-five percent want to be able to communicate with their doctor via email to exchange health information and get answers to questions.
  • Sixty-eight percent of consumers are interested in home monitoring devices that enable them to check their condition and send the results to their
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