Most Americans Still Rate Their Healthcare Quite Positively
Most Americans still rate their healthcare quite positively. Coverage and quality of personal healthcare services have a higher satisfaction rating. On a national scale, healthcare coverage and the quality of services doesn’t receive the same rating scores that personal healthcare coverage does.
Congress is debating about how the United States’ health-care system needs some updating. A new Democratic Party in the House of Representatives is moving into the office.
The new party members plan to make healthcare reform a main priority.
Most Americans Still Rate Their Healthcare Quite Positively
In November 2009, Congress was debating healthcare legislation. During this time, health coverage saw a 12% jump in the positive rating. Going from 26% to 38%.
Possibly, because the individuals who didn’t agree with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were likely to give more positive ratings for the current healthcare system. Reason being, they didn’t agree with or want the new Affordable Care Act over the current system.
November 1st through the 11th an annual ‘Gallup’ pole is held. Giving Americans’ the chance to voice their opinions about personal healthcare quality and coverage.
Since the start of the millennium, the findings remain consistent year after year. The 2001 averages from Gallup’s pole match (or come close) with the latest poll ratings. Even after the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, ratings stay the same.
On a positive note, at least 3 out of every 4 Americans are happy with the quality of their personal healthcare. Meanwhile, the national healthcare system coverage and quality rating remain less than satisfactory.
Ratings of Coverage and Quality of Personal vs. National Healthcare
Seniors nationwide are rating the national and their personal health-care coverage in addition to, the quality of care they’re receiving. The difference in personal vs. National shows the U.S.’ healthcare system needs a revamp.
According to recent polls, 69% of Americans rate their personal healthcare as “excellent or good”. Moreover, the quality of personal healthcare has a high rating of 80%. Which means, most people are happy while receiving healthcare services.
On the contrary, the same can’t be said for our country’s healthcare system and coverage options. Many citizens rate the quality of our national healthcare system with 55% satisfactory.
This means people are happier with their personal healthcare, rather than the entire national healthcare system. Many completely disagree with the entire U.S. healthcare system altogether. These individuals make up the majority of unsatisfactory ratings.
The United States’ healthcare coverage has the lowest rating, with a whopping 34%. Leaving only a fraction of Americans happy with the country’s healthcare coverage options. It’s possible that a health-care system update can turn things around.
Americans Rate a Satisfying Personal vs. National Healthcare Costs
Beginning in 2001, Americans gave feedback on their out-of-pocket cost for personal healthcare. A small majority gave a satisfactory rating.
Americans rate the overall national healthcare system as considerably “too expensive” for others. Oddly enough, the majority are happy with the costs of their own healthcare services.
Adults with private insurance rate their quality higher than the cost of service. Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries rate the cost of coverage highest. Finally, 51% of individuals with private insurance are happy with coverage costs.
Medicaid & Medicare Beneficiaries Rate Coverage and Quality the Highest
About 9 in every 10 Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries give their coverage and quality a positive rating. Most ratings come from seniors. As most Americans automatically qualify for Medicare on their 65th birthday, this results in a larger population of Medicare beneficiaries within the senior community.
People of all age groups show more satisfaction with their quality of care more-so than their actual coverage options. In comparison, ratings for both quality and coverage of personal healthcare are the highest among Americans ages 65 and older.
Whereas other age groups give a less positive rating.
Ratings Increase with Age
Younger adults have the lowest average ratings for both. Positive ratings for quality and coverage is more common with older beneficiaries. This may be an indication that positive reviews will increase with age.
Money influences a person’s perception of many things, including healthcare. On average, the higher a person’s income bracket, the more positive their rating on healthcare.
Another group with a more positive perception of healthcare quality is those with private insurance plans like Medicare Advantage plans or Medigap. Even still, this group rates coverage less than satisfactory.
In short, Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries give the highest ratings. Moreover, they’re the happiest with quality of care and coverage options.
Democrats and Republicans have very different perspectives or opinions. Shockingly enough, not when discussing the quality or coverage of their own personal healthcare. In this matter, the ratings from both parties are almost identical.
Democrats are a little happier with their coverage a than Republicans, but not by much. Independent parties typically, consisting of younger individuals giving the lowest rating.
It’s often this demographic of individuals give less positive feedback of the healthcare system entirely. Although, this should change as this group ages.
Americans Rate Healthcare Quite Positively
The positive ratings are found mostly in personal healthcare cost, coverage and quality of care among Americans. However, ratings of the national healthcare system aren’t as positive. Many individuals are unhappy with the nations’ healthcare system and want to see change.
In the 2010 law, the passing of the Affordable Care Act was suggesting that it may provide a solution to problems for individuals in desperate need of healthcare.
Instead, the act is servicing as a change to the national healthcare system entirely. While this may be true, Americans are often agreeing that government involvement in healthcare is not a complete solution to the problem.
Until Congress comes together and forms a plan that both parties can agree on, Americans will be waiting to see changes within the country’s healthcare system.
One thing is certain, pertaining to obtaining resolution for the system flaws. Healthcare change is solely relying on Congress’ ability to put together a mutual solution.
Nevertheless, bringing both parties together when involving the U.S. healthcare system may seem impossible. However, putting differences aside and working together will result in a better outcome for all.