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COVID-19 Survey: A Look at the Political, Healthcare, Economic, Social and Workplace Landscapes

With headlines buzzing about healthcare, politics and the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, our latest healthinsurance.com survey reached people nationwide at a very crucial time.

More than 1,100 respondents answered questions about the following topics:

  • The 2020 Election and Healthcare
  • General Medical Costs
  • COVID-19 Testing and Costs
  • COVID-19 Prevention and Protection
  • COVID-19 and the Social Scene
  • COVID-19 and the Workplace
  • COVID-19 and Telemedicine (Virtual Care)
  • COVID-19 and Insurance Coverage

The 2020 Election, ACA and Healthcare

Top Takeaway

60% of respondents are willing to risk their health to vote in person in November. And our respondents shared an even split of what topic is most important in this year’s election: 50% said healthcare and 50% said the economy.

Complete Breakdown

  • 88% think the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) is still in effect today.
  • 66% feel less confident in the quality of U.S. healthcare thanks to COVID-19.
  • 62% understand what it means to those with ACA plans if the Supreme Court strikes it down.
  • 37% feel that health insurance should not be a political issue.
  • 32% think the ACA should be struck down by the Supreme Court.

Taking the Pulse of Medical Costs

Top Takeaway

56% of respondents have avoided medical treatment due to cost.

Complete Breakdown

  • 93% think medical costs in the U.S. are too high.
  • 93% think prices for medical procedures should be transparent like food pricing in the grocery store.
  • 92% think prescription drug prices in the U.S. are too high.
  • 64% think they pay too much for health insurance.

COVID-19 Testing and Costs

Top Takeaway

32% of respondents have had a hard time or know someone who has had a hard time getting tested for COVID-19.

Complete Breakdown

  • 63% worry about the cost of COVID-19 treatment.
  • 41% have tested positive for COVID-19 or know someone who has.

COVID-19 Prevention and Protection

Top Takeaway

74% of respondents think the U.S. needs another “pause” to contain the current spike in coronavirus cases.

Complete Breakdown

  • 89% are still taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • 88% would comply if the U.S. has to shut down again to control the spread of COVID-19.
  • 85% feel that masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • 77% feel everyone should be required to wear a mask.
  • 73% feel there should be a fine for not wearing a mask.

COVID-19 and the Social Scene

Top Takeaway

62% of respondents say they have witnessed guidelines not being followed while out in public places.

Complete Breakdown

  • 60% have been to a retail store or mall.
  • 40% have been to a restaurant or bar.
  • 37% have been to a beauty salon or barber shop.
  • 14% have returned to their gyms.

In terms of socializing with family, 52% have not seen their parents or grandparents since the pandemic began. Still, 66% would not travel via plane or train to see family and friends.

COVID-19 and the Workplace

Top Takeaway

If given the options, 81% would work from home after the pandemic passes while 43% would take a pay cut to continue to work from home.

Complete Breakdown

  • 84% would express their concerns if their employer asked them to come back to work, but they weren’t ready to do so.
  • 67% would not travel for work via plane or train if asked to do so.
  • 53% are not comfortable with returning to their workplaces.
  • 47% are having a hard time unplugging from their jobs, despite working from home.

COVID-19 and Virtual Care

Top Takeaway

43% of respondents have used telemedicine during COVID-19 - a notable increase from the 20% who used telemedicine before the pandemic struck.

Complete Breakdown

  • 70% feel that telemedicine and in-person appointments should be priced differently.
  • 69% are hesitant about telemedicine with the concern that the care is not as good as an in-person visit.
  • 60% would use telemedicine again after using it during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • 56% say their doctors are offering virtual visits, and 35% have received correspondence about telemedicine from their health insurance companies.

Our furry friends were also a topic of healthcare conversation:

  • 20% have put off vet appointments due to COVID-19, but 49% would use televet appointments for their pets.
  • 37% plan to stop allowing people to pet their dogs due to COVID-19 fears, and 17% worry that their pet could contract COVID-19.

COVID-19 and Insurance Coverage

Top Takeaway

54% of respondents say they don’t know what their health insurance options are if they lost their coverage.

Complete Breakdown

  • 56% currently have a life insurance policy and 30% have thought about purchasing one due to COVID-19.
  • 49% are hesitant to switch jobs because they want to keep their employer-sponsored health benefits.
  • 20% have lost their health insurance or know someone who has lost their health insurance coverage during COVID-19.

Our Methodology

The above results were gathered through an online poll of more than 1,100 Americans between the ages of 18-64. The poll was conducted from July 3, 2020 to July 6, 2020, gleaning representative samples from each state based on population.

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