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Trends in Health Care Consumer Sentiment

HealthLeaders Media has released a new fact sheet on trends in consumer confidence. Based on data from Truven Health Analytics, it provides data on the following:

  • Nearly a quarter of those under age 65 expected difficulty in paying for health insurance or services in the next 3 months, while fewer Medicare-age patients [14%] were concerned about their ability to pay.
  • Primary care physician office visits were on the upswing again in 2012 after months of decline.
  • The downward trend in elective hospital admissions continued in 2011-2012 but at a slower pace.
  • Unsurprisingly, those at the lowest income levels were most likely to defer a physician or hospital visit.

Source: Fact file: consumer sentiment. HealthLeaders Media, Jan-Feb 2013. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/content/288903.pdf

Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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