This article was published on May 31, 2018 on Becker’s Hospital Review written by Emily Rappleye.
Americans are stressed about health: the future health of themselves and their loved ones, the cost of health insurance, and looming changes to health policy, according to a survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of the American Psychological Association.
The poll includes responses from more than 3,400 respondents over age 18. “Given the uncertain fate of our nation’s healthcare system, it is not surprising that the majority of those adults surveyed expressed concerns about access to healthcare and costs,” APA CEO Arthur Evans Jr., PhD, said in a press release.
Here are five key findings from the survey:
- Sixty-six percent of adults are stressed about the cost of health insurance for themselves, for their loved ones or in general.
- Sixty-nine percent of respondents with annual household incomes over $50,000 reported feeling stressed about the cost of health insurance.
- Sixty-four percent of respondents with annual household incomes of less than $50,000 said the cost of health insurance was a stressor.
- Sixty percent are stressed due to personal or familial health concerns.
- Generally, respondents from urban areas reported more stress than those living in suburban or rural areas related to health insurance costs, their future health status and changes to healthcare policy.
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