Survey: Californians concerned about rising health costs

March 21, 2012

Californians are concerned about the rising cost of health care and many report delaying care because of its cost. But only one in four has asked for pricing information before getting care and nearly half don’t know how much their insurance deductible is. The findings are from a survey by the California Healthcare Foundation. Other findings:

–In spite of rising health care costs, most report flat premium rates and stable benefits.
–Almost half of Californians with an insurance deductible do not know its amount.
–Slightly more than a third of Californians delayed getting some type of health care in the past year because of costs. One in four delayed getting a regular physical.
–Californians in fair or poor health are the most likely to delay getting care due to costs.
–About one in 10 adults does not have a regular place of care.
–Nearly 40% of low-income Californians have problems getting an appointment with a specialist as soon as needed.
–Fewer than one in three report a willingness to pay more to see a highly rated doctor.

See the full report here.

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