Consumer Health Survey Shows Physician Visits Are First to Go When Money Gets Tight
ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- More patients are postponing healthcare due to cost, according to a study released today by the Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters. A total of 20 percent of U.S. households postponed or cancelled care in the past year, a sharp increase from 2006. Among those who postponed or cancelled care, 24.1 percent of households cited cost as the primary reason.
These findings are based on a telephone survey of 12,000 households conducted from February 11 to March 15 -- a wave of the Thomson Reuters PULSE Healthcare Survey, the largest and longest running privately funded household survey on health behavior and utilization in the nation. Responses were then analyzed over a three-year period to chart long term trends in consumer healthcare utilization.
Following are the key findings of the analysis:
"The results of this survey have serious implications for public health officials, hospital administrators, and healthcare consumers," said Gary Pickens, chief research officer for the Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters and lead author of the study. "We are seeing a positive correlation between Americans losing their access to employer-sponsored health insurance and deferral of healthcare."
"If this trend continues, it will ultimately have an impact on our collective wellbeing," Pickens added.
The study is available here: http://provider.thomsonhealthcare.com/Articles/view/?id=2188 (one-time registration required). It is part of a series of research papers from the Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters analyzing the impact of the current recession on U.S. hospitals and healthcare using both public and proprietary data. Future reports will track hospital financial performance, healthcare outcomes, and additional consumer trends.
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