A Thomson Reuters survey published Monday found that “fewer Americans are afraid that they will be unable to pay for healthcare services and fewer expect to postpone medical treatments due to costs” than earlier this year.
Researchers found a steady increase in confidence in the ability to pay for healthcare services – it rose 12 percent between March and July this year, said Gary Pickens, chief research officer for the Healthcare and Science business of Thomson Reuters.
“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.”
The results are based on a telephone survey of 3,000 households.
Other surveys, meanwhile, show that young adults – 30 percent of the uninsured population – are the group most supportive of President Barack Obama’s plan.
This group is least likely to be offered health insurance through employment benefits – only 53 percent of working young adults are eligible for employer-based coverage.
But the support is quiet – with political scientists saying that the “hyper partisan” town hall meetings put young adults “off” the health care proposal.
“… the town hall meetings, which got so much media attention, are just not an attractive venue for young people,” said Thomas Bates, Rock the Vote spokesman, talking to the Los Angles Times.