Health Care Quality and Costs Survey

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Anne Weiss of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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Nearly a fifth of insured Americans report skipping a trip to the doctor when they’re sick or injured to save money, and only thirty-six percent are confident they can pay for a major, unexpected medical expense.

Anne Weiss of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funded this survey, says consumers enrolled in health plans with high deductibles are particularly likely to face tough choices about the cost of their care.

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MOST AMERICANS ARE SATISFIED WITH WHAT THEIR HEALTH PLANS COVER. HOWEVER, PEOPLE STILL WORRY ABOUT PAYING FOR SURGERY, A TRIP TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM OR EVEN A ROUTINE CHECK-UP. ALL TOLD, MORE THAN SIXTEEN MILLION AMERICANS WHO HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE FACE MAJOR FINANCIAL HARDSHIPS SUCH AS GOING WITHOUT FOOD OR USING UP THEIR SAVINGS AS A RESULT OF MEDICAL BILLS.

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The poll was conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. To learn more about efforts to create a national Culture of Health, visit rwjf.org.

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