CHA News Article

Study Looks at Consumer View of Health Care Marketplace

The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) has released a study examining the views of California adults regarding health insurance coverage, access to care, cost and affordability, and the use of health quality data in decision-making. The study found that almost three-quarters of those surveyed expect to see the cost of care increase in the future. Of those, nearly 40 percent indicated their cost of benefits have increased.

 The study found that, in spite of rising health care costs, only a small number of those surveyed research price information before receiving care. Other key findings show that approximately one-third of Californians delayed getting some type of health care in the last year because of costs, and about 40 percent of low-income residents have problems getting a timely appointment with a specialist. The report also found that one-third of those surveyed do not place quality over cost and are not willing to pay more to see a highly rated doctor. The CHCF report is attached.