Ninety-two percent of Americans ages 45 to 64 say they would keep their current health care plans unless premium prices increase significantly, according to a new nationwide poll by Prevention and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.
In addition, 90 percent of those surveyed said they were “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with their current health care.
“What the poll convincingly shows is that Americans do not perceive their health care system as ‘broken,’” said Gerald Kominski, director of the center. “They are satisfied with the coverage they have, but they do worry about costs.”
The poll results were published just a week after the presidential election, in which a key issue was the possible repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The repeal could result in the loss of coverage for up to 24 million people, according to a recent study by the Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The publication also comes in the midst of the nation’s open enrollment season, when people can choose or change health insurance plans for the following year.
In the study, more than 400 men and women who have health insurance were asked a variety of questions about where they get their insurance, how they shop for insurance, their estimated financial spending on health care and their attitudes toward their current insurance plan.
Among the key findings:
“Finding the health insurance plan that’s right for you can seem incredibly overwhelming,” said Barbara O’Dair, editor-in-chief of Prevention. “With this story and survey we try to break it down for readers in a way that will be empowering for them."
The survey was conducted during the last week of September. UCLA researchers weighted the results. Some of the study’s results appear in the December issue of Prevention magazine as part of an extensive guide to choosing a health insurance plan.
Members of the media may email or call the UCLA media contact for the full results.