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Survey Reveals Health Insurance and Access to Care Not So Closely Linked
Date:3/8/2010

Surprisingly, there was no significant connection between having health insurance and self perceptions of health.  Forty-nine percent of those with health insurance reported themselves to be in excellent or very good health, while 47 percent of those with no health insurance reported themselves to be in excellent or very good health.

The survey reveals increasing anxiety about loss of insurance coverage.  Those in the manufacturing sector – traditionally a secure sector for health insurance – are now as worried about losing coverage as those in the arts, services, hospitality, and retail occupations – traditionally not secure sectors for health insurance. Worry level in these sectors ranges between 40 percent and 52 percent.  

In contrast, those in high-tech knowledge industries, government, and construction/natural resources/mining sectors were not as worried about losing coverage, with worry levels of 21 percent or below.

"These findings point to the changing economic landscape in Michigan," says Udow-Philips.  "Worries about the potential loss of health insurance coverage have now extended t
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SOURCE The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation
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