ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans have grown increasingly confident about their ability to pay for healthcare services.
A new report -- Thomson Reuters Healthcare Indexes(TM): Consumer Confidence -- found that consumer confidence related to healthcare expenditures increased 12 percent between March and July.
The analysis is based on telephone surveys of 3,000 households each month from March through July 2009 -- part of the Thomson Reuters PULSE((R)) Healthcare Survey. PULSE polls more than 100,000 U.S. households each year about their healthcare behaviors, attitudes and utilization, making it the nation's largest and longest running privately funded healthcare survey.
Consumers were asked about their ability to pay for medical care and the likelihood they would postpone or cancel care during the next three months due to economic concerns.
Here are the key findings:
"These findings are consistent with data we've been seeing for everything from hospital discharge trends to opinions about healthcare reform," said Gary Pickens, chief research officer for the Healthcare & Science business of Thomson Reuters and lead author of the study. "There is growing optimism among many healthcare consumers, but also is a clear disparity in outlook between those with higher income levels who have insurance coverage and those who are uninsured. This gap needs to be an area of focus for healthcare professionals and policymakers."
A copy of the study is available here (free registration required). This analysis is part of a series of research papers assessing the impact of the current recession on the healthcare system.
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