Health Care is No 1 Line Item of US Consumer Pocketbook Issues Oct 15 KFF Poll

Consumers are most concerned about health care costs among their kitchen table issues, above their ability to afford the utility bill, housing, food, or gas and transportation costs.

The October 2015 Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll finds 4 in 10 Americans finding it difficult to afford health care, including 16% of people earning $90,000 a year or more.

Underneath that worrying healthcare cost umbrella are the price of prescription drugs, which the majority of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans all agree need to be “limited” by government regulation. Ensuring that the public have affordable access to high-cost drugs for chronic conditions like cancer, hepatitis C, HIV, and mental conditions is also a top priority for 77% of Americans (by party, 85% Democrats, 75% Independents, and 73% of Republicans).

KFF most want limits on prices of Rx drugs Oct 15

The call for more regulation on putting a limit on prescription drug prices ranks higher than the ask for more regulation on ensuring that prescription drugs are safe to take or more oversight over drug companies’ statements in ads about side effects and the accuracy of claims.

2 in 3 in 4 consumers in the U.S. also believe that the pharma industry has “a lot” of influence over what doctors prescribe, with an equivalent percent of people believing that their own doctor is subject to “a lot” of influence from pharma companies in what they are prescribed.

Finally, fully 9 in 10 people favor requiring the FDA to review drug advertisements for accuracy and clarify before going public. This is true across all political parties: 89% of Democrats, 90% of Independents, and 90% of Republicans.

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Health Populi’s Hot Points:  In the midst of public debates on the fairness of the Cadillac Tax, the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and sign-ups in the third year of the ACA Health Insurance Exchanges, the major theme coming out of the October 2015 KFF poll is about health care costs — and specifically, the price impact of prescription drugs that fall on consumers and their wallets.

The Health Care Priorities for the President and Congress slide, third graphic in this post, arrays the top issues that Americans prioritize for the Executive and Legislative branches of U.S. government. These are (1) ensuring access for people to high-cost (read: specialty) drugs and (2) regulation to lower Rx drug prices.

KFF news items drug prices int he mix of gun control and Planned ParenthoodFurther down the list at #4 is ensuring transparency about the prices of health care services and treatments, #5 protecting people from being charged high prices out-of-network, and #6 providing comparative information about health providers’ quality.

These responses illustrate that voters – across all party lines – now see themselves as health care consumers, with the responsibility for covering payment (say, in high-deductible health plans) and deciding across treatment options (in terms of price and quality).

As many people, about 50% of Americans, closely followed Pope Francis’s visit to the U.S. and Cuba as the rising prices of prescription drugs in October 2015. Concerns about the price of prescription drugs is now a mainstream political issue beyond the Beltway, hospital and doctor’s offices, and pharmacy. It’s a conversation happening at Americans’ kitchen tables.

18 Comments on Health Care Costs Are #1 Pocketbook Issue, and Drug Prices Top the Line Items

HealthPopuli.com said : Guest Report 2 months ago

[…] care costs will continue to be a mainstream pocketbook issue for patients and caregivers, with consequences for payors, suppliers and ultimately, policymakers. […]

HealthPopuli.com said : Guest Report 3 months ago

[…] For most of the past decade, I’ve evangelized the evolving role of the patient-as-payor, and the central role of financial wellness in Americans’ everyday lives and household budgets. Healthcare costs have become Americans’ top pocketbook issue. […]

Onboard Health | The United States of Care Launches to Promote Healthcare for All of U.S. said : Guest Report 3 months ago

[…] Those devastating health care costs underpin the form of universal healthcare Americans have at the start of 2018. Even families with at least $90,000 annual household income rank health care costs above all other household costs (mortgage and rent, utilities, gas for the car) as their #1 pocketbook issue. […]

HealthPopuli.com said : Guest Report 6 months ago

[…] Americans’ healthcare financial pain isn’t evenly distributed across all of the nation’s health citizens, although most identify medical costs as their family’s #1 pocketbook issue, which I discussed here on Health Populi. […]

HealthPopuli.com said : Guest Report 7 months ago

[…] studies such as Kaiser Family Foundation’s look at top “pocketbook issues,” here on Health Populi. Even for folks earning over $90K a year, KFF found, healthcare costs rank #1 in kitchen table […]

The United States of Care Launches to Promote Healthcare for All of US – MoonPiggy said : Guest Report 12 months ago

[…] Those devastating health care costs underpin the form of universal healthcare Americans have at the start of 2018. That is, U.S. health citizens are all universally anxious about health care costs today and in the future, which I wrote about yesterday here in Health Populi. Even families with at least $90,000 annual household income rank health care costs above all other household costs (mortgage and rent, utilities, gas for the car) as their #1 pocketbook issue. […]

HealthPopuli.com said : Guest Report one year ago

[…] Those devastating health care costs underpin the form of universal healthcare Americans have at the start of 2018. That is, we’re all universally anxious about health care costs today and in the future, which I wrote about yesterday here in Health Populi. Even families with at least $90,000 annual household income rank health care costs above all other household costs (mortgage and rent, utilities, gas for the car) as their #1 pocketbook issue. […]

HealthPopuli.com said : Guest Report one year ago

[…] to allocate, on average, at least $1 in every $5 of household spending to healthcare costs, which rank above pocketbook concerns for housing, food, and utilities. Healthcare costs are integral to the financial health of U.S. […]

Health Populi marks 10 years with 10 milestones | Provision Networks said : Guest Report one year ago

[…] Healthcare is one-fifth of the national U.S. economy and the top worrisome line item in the American family’s pocketbook. You can read more about this in Health Populi from day 1 in 2007 to late August 2017 with more […]

HealthPopuli.com said : Guest Report one year ago

[…] researched and written extensively about this issue, recently noting that healthcare is the #1 pocketbook issue in America above paying rent or a mortgage, for food, or utilities — even for the wealthiest Americans, […]

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