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We’ve officially reached the one-year mark since the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States. Now, we’re witnessing - and for some, experiencing - the national COVID-19 vaccine rollout, with 56.1 million doses administered according to a state-by-state tally (as of February 16, 2021). In keeping with the COVID-19 timeline of events and updates, our February 2021 survey checked the pulse of 1,000 U.S. adults on topics such as: Coronavirus vaccinations COVID-19 testing and prevention Pandemic fatigue Employment and working remotely How Are People Feeling About The Coronavirus Vaccine Rollout? From the start, public health officials were clear that it would take time to vaccinate people who wanted the Coronavirus vaccine. But we may not have predicted the confusion and frustration that came along with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Across the country, Americans in certain areas are seeing vaccine shortages, different state-by-state plans for administering the shots, and technology challenges. It’s no wonder why our survey indicated that 48% of our respondents know someone over age 65 who has had difficulty signing up to receive the coronavirus vaccine. Regardless, growing enthusiasm about the coronavirus vaccine still remains strong. In fact, our coronavirus survey revealed that 68% plan to get the vaccine as soon as they’re able to do so. What struck us most is that 86% of our COVID-19 survey respondents think people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine should continue to wear masks and social distance. What’s The Latest With COVID-19 Testing and Prevention? Though the COVID-19 vaccine is the main headline right now, we still wanted to check back in with respondents about their feelings on Coronavirus testing and prevention. Here are top three key findings: 64% say they’d get tested for COVID-19 more frequently if they could do it at home. 49% have never been tested for COVID-19. 41% believe we’ll need to continue to wear masks for one more year. Are People Still Experiencing Coronavirus Pandemic Fatigue? You might have heard the term “pandemic fatigue” - a state of being worn out by recommended COVID-19 precautions and restrictions. Pandemic fatigue can leave people feeling bored, depressed, and anxious. Turns out, our survey indicated that it’s still a very prominent feeling in the lives of many Americans: 54% are currently experiencing pandemic fatigue. Of that percentage, 53%say they’re feeling so frustrated that they’re ready to return to their regular activities despite the risks. And these current feelings of pandemic fatigue is no stranger to us. Our previous coronavirus survey findings showed early signs of pandemic fatigue, whether it’s the need for a digital detox, or negative feelings from economic stress and nationwide protests. How Is COVID-19 Impacting The Workforce? Speaking of pandemic fatigue, our COVID-19 survey revealed that 51% of respondents have taken at least one mental health day during the pandemic. Yet, our survey also uncovered that 79% of our respondents say that working from home has been better for their overall mental health - a significant increase when you consider how 37% of our respondents felt more stressed working from home during our May 2020 survey. Here are other interesting survey findings related to working remotely during the coronavirus pandemic: 59% of respondents are still taking vacation days even though they’re working from home. 50% of those working from home are finding it hard to manage their work-life balance. 36% are planning a big vacation despite COVID-19 travel restrictions and continued safety precautions. Full Survey Results Click here to download the full survey results. Our Survey Methodology The above survey results were gathered through a national survey of 1,000 U.S. adults from February 11, 2021 to February 15, 2021. The survey has a margin of sampling error of +/- 3.1 percentage points. More Healthinsurance.com Surveys January 2021 (Part 1): January Survey: A Look At 2021 & Healthcare Habits During COVID-19 January 2021 (Part 2): Consumer Survey: The 2021 Super Bowl & Coronavirus Concerns December 2020: December Survey: Latest Coronavirus Impacts & Findings November 2020: The 2021 Open Enrollment Periods, Health Insurance & The Holidays October 2020: Medicare Survey Gathers Insights on Medical Costs, Technology & More September 2020: U.S. Healthcare, 2020 Election and More August 2020: Multigenerational Perspectives on COVID-19 July 2020: Medicare Eligible Seniors Survey Findings: Technology, COVID-19, the 2020 Election and More June 2020: Healthcare Technology, Self-Care and More May 2020: Testing, Mental Health, and More April 2020: Economic Impacts and Health Insurance Trends March 2020: Telemedicine Usage During COVID-19
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With a recent spike in COVID-19 cases due to in-person holiday gatherings, part 2 of our January consumer survey focused on the 2021 Super Bowl party plans amidst the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. We launched a national survey to 1,000 U.S. adults. And as a general finding: It seems like COVID-19 concerns are impacting in-person Super Bowl party plans this year. Let’s recap the 2021 Super Bowl survey highlights. 2021 Super Bowl Gatherings Amidst The Coronavirus Pandemic 50% of our respondents said they’ll spend the big game with just their immediate household. 46% said the actual game interests them most, while 24% are excited about the commercials. 30% of our respondents say they’re more interested in the Super Bowl this year. 13% said they’ll be attending virtual Super Bowl parties. Super Bowl Snacks And it wouldn’t be a Super Bowl party without the highly anticipated appetizer spread and snack choices, right? Our survey participants certainly agree. Here are our main findings. 73% will eat chips and snacks during the Super Bowl. 56% will eat wings during the Super Bowl. 46% will drink beer during the Super Bowl. 10% said the Super Bowl snacks interests them the most about the 2021 Super Bowl. Continued COVID-19 Health Precautions According to our survey, 68% of our respondents have had COVID-19 or know someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Which, in turn, directly correlates with our finding that 83% are more aware of their health and the health of those around them. Full 2021 Super Bowl Survey Results Click here to download the full survey results. Our Survey Methodology The above survey results were gathered through a national survey of 1,000 U.S. adults from January 12, 2021 to January 14, 2021. The survey has a margin of sampling error of +/- 3.1 percentage points. Explore More Surveys January 2021 - Part 1: January Survey: A Look At 2021 & Healthcare Habits During COVID-19 December 2020: December Survey: Latest Coronavirus Impacts & Findings November 2020: The 2021 Open Enrollment Periods, Health Insurance & The Holidays October 2020: Medicare Survey Gathers Insights on Medical Costs, Technology & More September 2020: U.S. Healthcare, 2020 Election and More August 2020: Multigenerational Perspectives on COVID-19 July 2020: Medicare Eligible Seniors Survey Findings: Technology, COVID-19, the 2020 Election and More June 2020: Healthcare Technology, Self-Care and More May 2020: Testing, Mental Health, and More April 2020: Economic Impacts and Health Insurance Trends March 2020: Telemedicine Usage During COVID-19
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New year, new you and, maybe, new views on your healthcare coverage and outlook on COVID-19. Our January 2021 consumer survey focused on a few new topics, such as 2021 open enrollment findings and New Year’s resolutions. We also kept tabs on previous topics like healthcare technology and in-person gatherings amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Here are the new year survey highlights. 2021 Open Enrollment Findings The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period and ACA Open Enrollment Period ended in late 2020, which means many people changed their existing Medicare or health insurance plans and are starting 2021 with new health plans. Our survey took a closer look at those potential changes, finding that 26% of our respondents made changes to their health insurance plans. Of this population: 43% changed their health insurance plan entirely. 65% increased their insurance coverage for the 2021 plan year. Also of note, 82% rate the medical and healthcare services they receive under their plans as either good or excellent. Healthcare Tech Boom During COVID-19 Our January new year survey also uncovered how a healthcare technology has evolved during the pandemic. Telemedicine, in particular, continues to be on the rise. According to our survey: 81% will continue to use telemedicine versus see their doctors in person once the pandemic is over. 64% think COVID-19 has advanced healthcare technology. 48% of respondents will have used telemedicine during the pandemic - a significant jump from the 9% telemedicine usage rate we saw from our March 2020 coronavirus survey. 2021 New Year’s Resolution Report Now more than ever, personal health has been on the minds of many Americans - but can they stick to their healthy habits? According to our healthinsurance.com survey, 52% of our respondents made a health-related New Year’s resolutions, but 38% have already broken their resolutions. However 83% feel that they’re more aware of their health and the health of those around them because of COVID-19. To that end, 36% have purchased in-home exercise equipment, while 42% have been doing virtual workouts during the coronavirus pandemic. Full 2021 New Year Survey Results Click here to download the full January 2021 survey results. Our Survey Methodology The above survey results were gathered through a national survey of 1,000 U.S. adults from January 12, 2021 to January 14, 2021. The survey has a margin of sampling error of +/- 3.1 percentage points. Explore More Surveys December 2020: December Survey: Latest Coronavirus Impacts & Findings November 2020: The 2021 Open Enrollment Periods, Health Insurance & The Holidays October 2020: Medicare Survey Gathers Insights on Medical Costs, Technology & More September 2020: U.S. Healthcare, 2020 Election and More August 2020: Multigenerational Perspectives on COVID-19 July 2020: Medicare Eligible Seniors Survey Findings: Technology, COVID-19, the 2020 Election and More June 2020: Healthcare Technology, Self-Care and More May 2020: Testing, Mental Health, and More April 2020: Economic Impacts and Health Insurance Trends March 2020: Telemedicine Usage During COVID-19
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With the end of 2020 fast approaching, our December survey mainly gauged people’s perspectives of COVID-19 and how it has impacted their families, finances, and the way they look at healthcare. The survey reached 1,000 adults across the United States. Let’s dive into what they said. COVID-19 Impacts on Families & The Holiday Season One finding that stood out to us is that 48% of our respondents said COVID-19 has caused tension in their families. Yet, 65% plan to spend Christmas in person with their families this year - despite the tension and concerns from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, only 23% say their families have requested them to get COVID-19 tests before seeing them. In terms of travel, 60% do not plan to travel during the holiday season, and if they do travel, the majority of our respondents would do so by car. And once the holidays are over, 89% are looking forward to saying goodbye to 2020. COVID-19 Impacts on Healthcare It’s an understatement to say that COVID-19 has changed our lives, including the way we look at healthcare. The pandemic has caused people to think more about their personal health and health insurance coverage. Not to mention: What would they do if they lost their health insurance coverage? Our survey found that 42% know their options if they were to lose their job and healthcare coverage during the pandemic - a decrease from the 56% we saw during our April 2020 survey. Additionally, 48% say COVID-19 has changed the way they use healthcare services, which is the same percentage we saw from our June 2020 survey. COVID-19 has also brought an increase in healthcare technology usage, including telemedicine services. And during the pandemic, 47% have had telemedicine visits with a doctor. COVID-19 Costs & Financial Concerns Our survey uncovered three key findings when it comes to COVID-19 costs and financial impacts: 93% think the COVID-19 vaccine should be free for everyone. 54% do not have enough money saved to cover COVID-19 medical bills if they were to contract the disease. 45% are struggling to pay their monthly bills. 35% are afraid to contract COVID-19 due to cost of treatment. Other Survey Findings As a final thought, we also asked our respondents about their overall feelings COVID-19 and when they think life will be normal again. 64% do not think the concern about COVID-19 is over exaggerated. 52% think life will return back to normal in one or more years from now. Full December 2020 Survey Results Click here to download the full Coronavirus survey results. Our Survey Methodology The above survey results were gathered through a national survey of 1,000 U.S. adults on December 4-8, 2020. The survey has a margin of sampling error of +/- 3.1 percentage points. More Healthinsurance.com Surveys November 2020: The 2021 Open Enrollment Periods, Health Insurance & The Holidays October 2020: Medicare Survey Gathers Insights on Medical Costs, Technology & More September 2020: U.S. Healthcare, 2020 Election and More August 2020: Multigenerational Perspectives on COVID-19 July 2020: Medicare Eligible Seniors Survey Findings: Technology, COVID-19, the 2020 Election and More June 2020: Healthcare Technology, Self-Care and More May 2020: Testing, Mental Health, and More April 2020: Economic Impacts and Health Insurance Trends March 2020: Telemedicine Usage During COVID-19
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Our November healthinsurance.com survey honed in on a number of timely topics amidst a busy time of year both inside and outside of the health insurance arena. Survey topics included: Health insurance plans and level of satisfaction Potential Supreme Court impacts on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) The 2021 Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open Enrollment Period The 2021 Medicare Open Enrollment Period COVID-19 and the holiday season Pulse Check of Health Insurance Plan Satisfaction Our survey uncovered that 83% of our respondents are satisfied with their current health insurance plans, while 17% are not satisfied with their plans due to costs, specifically with high monthly premiums, copays or deductibles. Others cited expensive prescription costs or their doctors being out of network as reasons they aren’t happy with their health insurance plans. We also asked respondents to name the one thing they wish they could change about their health insurance plans. Here’s what they said. 30% wanted lower monthly premiums. 26% wanted more coverage and benefits. 16% wanted lower deductibles. 11% wanted a larger or different network of doctors. 10% wanted lower copays. 7% wanted lower prescription drug costs. Consumer Insights On The Affordable Care Act (ACA) The 2021 open enrollment period for Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) plans is happening now through December 15, 2020. With this in mind, we asked survey participants about this fall enrollment period: 28% are likely to change their health insurance plans, while 22% are unsure of if they will change their plans. The remaining 50% will not make any changes during the ACA open enrollment period. Our survey also asked respondents to weigh in on ACA plan impacts in light of potential Supreme Court rulings. 76% were very concerned or somewhat concerned about the impact to their own healthcare coverage if the Supreme Court rules that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. 66% of our respondents knew what it would mean to them if the Supreme Court reverses the Affordable Care Act. Shopping Around During The Medicare Open Enrollment Period Like the ACA open enrollment period, the 2021 Medicare Open Enrollment Period (also known as the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period) is underway, so our survey checked in to see if people plan to make any changes. Turns out, 42% of our respondents age 65 and up are considering changing their Medicare coverage during the Medicare Open Enrollment period. We also asked respondents under age 65 about Medicare coverage and concerns they have for their parents. 74% have encouraged their parents to increase their Medicare coverage during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period. 40% have discussed Medicare coverage options with their parents. COVID-19 Concerns Amidst The Holiday Season With the holidays quickly approaching and COVID-19 cases on the rise, we asked respondents about their holiday and shopping plans. 78% plan to support small businesses and buy local. 63% are comfortable attending in-person gatherings with friends and family. 59% plan to spend Thanksgiving with their families. 57% do not plan to shop in person on Black Friday. 50% cited COVID-19 concerns as the main reason to not visit with family during the holidays. Full November 2020 Survey Results Click here to download the full survey results. Our Survey Methodology The above survey results were gathered through a national survey of 1,000 U.S. adults on November 6-10, 2020. More Healthinsurance.com Surveys October 2020: Medicare Survey Gathers Insights on Medical Costs, Technology & More September 2020: U.S. Healthcare, 2020 Election and More August 2020: Multigenerational Perspectives on COVID-19 July 2020: Medicare Eligible Seniors Survey Findings: Technology, COVID-19, the 2020 Election and More June 2020: Healthcare Technology, Self-Care and More May 2020: Testing, Mental Health, and More April 2020: Economic Impacts and Health Insurance Trends March 2020: Telemedicine Usage During COVID-19
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With the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) beginning October 15 each year, we made it a priority to get Medicare consumers ready with what they need to know, what actions they can take, and 2021 changes to Medicare. But first, we had to get a sense of how beneficiaries were feeling about their current Medicare plans, including healthcare costs, and how it impacts their plans for Medicare Open Enrollment. October Survey: An Eye on Medicare Open Enrollment Our healthinsurance.com Medicare survey revealed that 84% of our Medicare eligible respondents feel good about their current Medicare plans. Meanwhile, 34% of Medicare eligible seniors are not sure if they will change their Medicare plans during AEP, while 15% are likely to change their plan during AEP. Check out our Medicare survey recap to see more Medicare highlights and trends. News Spotlight: Preparing for Medicare Open Enrollment & Shopping for Medicare Plans Our October Newsmax guest column prepped those “uncertain” Medicare beneficiaries about things to think about if they’re unsure if they should update their coverage or change plans during the Medicare Open Enrollment period. 5 questions Medicare beneficiaries can ask themselves include: Has my Medicare plan changed during 2020? Are my doctors still in-network? Has my health changed in any way? Have my prescriptions changed? Do I plan to take advantage of healthcare technology, like telehealth, in 2021? And now more than ever, question #5 is extremely relevant. In light of COVID-19, Medicare seniors are embrancing virtual healthcare benefits like telemedicine, ordering prescriptions online, and using wearables to monitor their health. Our 2020 Medicare survey also found that 78% of Medicare eligible respondents research their Medicare options online before making a final decision. That’s why our Fox News piece honed in on how to get started on evaluating your Medicare options. 3 tips for researching Medicare plans include: Visiting Medicare.gov for the most up-to-date information Using free Medicare plan comparison sites to find Medicare plans in your area. These sites often generate free Medicare quotes with no obligation to enroll in a plan. Working with a licensed insurance agent to make sure you’re enrolled in the right plan for your needs. COVID-19 Updates Our healthinsurance.com surveys also consistently monitor COVID-19 trends and concerns. At the beginning of the pandemic, many Americans had to adjust to working from home - whether they needed to set up new home offices or find quiet spots to take calls while the kids play. Initially, many were anxious about making this adjustment, but that quickly changed. According to another recent healthinsurance.com survey, 49% of respondents felt that working from home is better for their overall health and wellness. Even more compelling: 40% would take a pay cut to continue working from home. The coronavirus pandemic also caused health insurance companies to adjust their benefits and coverage to include COVID-19 testing. But unfortunately, the pandemic also led to many people losing their jobs, and ultimately, their health insurance too. As a result, our Forbes article highlighted the two topics: our renowned appreciation for working from home and valuing our employer-sponsored health insurance coverage. Relevant Links & Resources Press Release: Tech-savvy seniors gear up for Medicare Annual Enrollment October 2020 Survey: Medicare Survey Gathers Insights on Medical Costs, Technology & More 2020 Medicare Open Enrollment Tips: Consumer Guide to the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period Looking Ahead: Summary of 2021 Changes to Medicare
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The Medicare Open Enrollment Period coupled with the 2020 Presidential Election created a prime opportunity to launch our latest healthinsurance.com survey that reached 1,000 U.S. adults over age 65. Survey topics focused on: Medicare Open Enrollment Medicare Healthcare Costs Telemedicine During COVID-19 Technology and Social Media Usage Among Seniors The 2020 Presidential Election Here are some key Medicare survey findings broken down by category. 2021 Medicare Open Enrollment The Medicare Open Enrollment period prompts Medicare beneficiaries to review their Medicare coverage on an annual basis. During the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, Medicare beneficiaries have the option to: Change from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan. Change from one Medicare Advantage plan to another. Disenroll from a Medicare Advantage plan and go back to Original Medicare. Change from one prescription drug plan (Medicare Part D) to another. Enroll in a prescription drug plan. Cancel prescription drug coverage. With these decisions in mind, our Medicare survey uncovered that: 84% are confident that they are enrolled in the right Medicare plan. 70% have never adjusted their Medicare coverage, while 34% are not sure yet if they are going to change or adjust their Medicare coverage during open enrollment. 44% say selecting a plan that accepts their doctors is most important when choosing a Medicare plan, while 27% say selecting a Medicare plan with low monthly premiums & copays is most important. Medical Cost Concerns for Medicare Beneficiaries 82% think prescription drug prices are too high. 54% are worried about the cost of healthcare if they contracted COVID-19. Telemedicine Usage Among Medicare Beneficiaries 94% of Medicare beneficiaries hadn’t used telemedicine before COVID-19. 71% of seniors on Medicare increased their telemedicine usage during the coronavirus pandemic. 42% will continue to use telemedicine on a regular basis when the pandemic is over. Seniors Are Getting Social 52% seniors use Facebook everyday. 39% seniors have gone to a restaurant over the past month. 26% seniors have attended in-person gatherings with their families within the past month. The 2020 Presidential Election 82% say this is the most important presidential election of their lifetime. 49% say the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy makes them more concerned about the U.S. healthcare system. Full Medicare Survey Results Click here to download the full Medicare survey results. Our Medicare Survey Methodology The above Medicare survey results were gathered through a national survey of 1,000 U.S. adults over age 65 on October 1-6, 2020. The survey has a margin of sampling error of +/1 3.1 percentage points. Explore More Healthinsurance.com Surveys September 2020: U.S. Healthcare, 2020 Election and More August 2020: Multigenerational Perspectives on COVID-19 July 2020: Medicare Eligible Seniors Survey Findings: Technology, COVID-19, the 2020 Election and More June 2020: Healthcare Technology, Self-Care and More May 2020: Testing, Mental Health, and More April 2020: Economic Impacts and Health Insurance Trends March 2020: Telemedicine Usage During COVID-19
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Last month’s survey kicked off discussions about the 2020 election and how Americans feel about the nation’s healthcare system. We continue the conversation in our September survey and share more insights on previously discussed topics like telemedicine. September Survey: Insights On Healthcare & The 2020 Presidential Election Respondents from our September Survey: U.S. Healthcare, 2020 Election, And More shared their thoughts on some of the issues they find most important during COVID-19. Let’s recap some of the highlights. Healthcare In The United States Healthcare reform in the U.S. has been a long-standing debate for the past few years. And with the November Presidential election coming up, it’s no wonder why nearly 90% of registered voters we surveyed say this topic is important to them. When it comes to the quality of healthcare, 31% of our September survey respondents say it has gone down since the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) was enacted. But there was some positive feedback as well. Roughly 3 in 10 of our respondents believe the quality of healthcare has gone up. Meanwhile, about ** one-quarter** of respondents rate their health insurance as “excellent”. Political Issues Surrounding The 2020 Presidential Election Our September survey results also revealed some more critical issues that may impact voting in the 2020 election. We learned that government corruption is an important issue for 91% of our respondents. Civil rights and law and order were other notable topics, with 8 in 10 of our registered voters saying that these issues are important. News Spotlight: The State of Healthcare During COVID-19 Pricing Transparency In Healthcare Costs It’s no question that healthcare costs and upfront pricing are major concerns for many Americans. And the expectation for solutions may be more pressing given the upcoming election. Our featured article in Newsmax.com revealed some of the ways President Trump plans to lower healthcare costs with measures like better pricing transparency. This ties in with our September survey findings, too: 84% of respondents believe the costs of all healthcare services and medications should be made available to patients in advance. COVID-19’s Impact On The U.S. Healthcare System It’s an understatement that the pandemic has put a financial burden on the healthcare system, especially when it comes to rising treatment costs for COVID-19. So it’s probably not surprising that one-third of our survey respondents feel that the healthcare system has changed for the worse - a finding that was also featured in our Healthcare Finance news coverage. Our survey findings featured in thinkglink.com indicated that 69% of respondents believe that giving more control to patients and doctors is the key to improving the healthcare system. Updates on Telemedicine Usage Telemedicine usage continues to thrive in light of the Coronavirus Pandemic. More than 40% of respondents from our latest survey report using telemedicine during the pandemic. We also took a pulse on what our survey respondents find most appealing about seeing a doctor online versus getting care in person. And here are some of the findings that stood out: 55% of respondents said avoiding the waiting room was the most appealing. Nearly 50% said convenient scheduling and better wait times were most appealing to them. Additional Links & Resources Press Release: SURVEY: Voters Weigh-In On Healthcare During COVID-19 Pandemic September 2020 Survey: U.S. Healthcare, 2020 Election, And More August 2020 Survey: Multigenerational Perspectives On COVID-19 July 2020 Survey #1: COVID-19 Political, Healthcare, Economic, Social, and Workplace Landscapes July 2020 Survey #2: Medicare-Eligible Seniors: Technology, COVID-19, The 2020 Election, and More June 2020 Survey: COVID-19 Healthcare Technology, Self-Care and More May 2020 Survey: Coronavirus Testing, Mental Health, and More April 2020 Survey: Coronavirus Economic Impacts March 2020 Survey: Telemedicine Use During the Coronavirus Pandemic
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Our latest national consumer survey reaching 1,000 registered voters measured feelings about the U.S. healthcare system, the U.S. economy during the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Presidential election and telemedicine. The survey comes at a crucial decision-making time of the year when the U.S. Presidential election, health insurance open enrollment period, and the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period are fast approaching for many Americans. The United States Healthcare System When rating the U.S. healthcare system: 36% said fair. 27% said good. 24% said poor. 11% said excellent. 2% were unsure. When asked if our healthcare system has changed for the better or worse due to COVID-19: 45% felt it was unchanged. 33% felt it was worse. 14% said it was better. 8% were unsure. Also of note, 69% said giving more control to patients and doctors is the key to improving the United States healthcare system. Meanwhile, 11% chose giving more control to government officials and bureaucrats. And 20% were not sure how to improve it. Participants were also asked about the quality of U.S. healthcare services since the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”) was enacted: 31% said the quality of healthcare has gone down, while 29% said it’s gone up. Lastly, 84% of our respondents said the cost of all health care services, procedures, and medications should be made available in advance to patients. The 2020 Presidential Election Our survey also honed in on what’s most important to people in the 2020 U.S. Presidential election: healthcare reform, the economy, civil rights, law and order, government corruption, and our response to COVID-19. Here’s how our participants responded: 95% said the U.S. economy is an important issue. 91% said government corruption is an important issue. 88% said our nation’s response to COVID-19 is an important issue. 88% said healthcare reform is an important issue. 86% said civil rights is an important issue. 85% said law and order is an important issue. Health Insurance in the United States Our survey also gauged feelings on an array of health insurance and employment topics, including consumer feelings about health insurance, a proposal to ban private insurance, and COVID-19 impacts on health insurance. When it comes to our respondents’ feelings on their health insurance: 38% rated their health insurance as good. 26% rated their health insurance as excellent. 23% rated their health insurance as fair. 10% rated their health insurance as poor. And when asked what type of health insurance has the best medical care coverage: 40% said employer-sponsored coverage. 21% said Medicare. 19% were unsure. 12% said Medicaid. 9% said Obamacare. Of note, 25% of our respondents have lost or know someone who lost their health insurance during COVID-19. For those who are employed, 38% are reluctant to switch jobs right now because they want to keep their current health insurance. Last but not least, the survey gauged a possible proposal to ban all private health insurance companies and require every American to get their coverage through the federal government. When asked about this concept, 15% of respondents strongly favored the proposal, while 35% were strongly opposed. As for the rest of the group, 19% were somewhat in favor and 18% were somewhat opposed to the proposal. Employment and Working From Home Our national survey also covered what’s important when considering or accepting a new job. In the “very important” category: 78% said salary. 66% said health insurance. 49% said time off. 33% said working from home. Although working from home has the lowest percentage on the “very important” scale, it turned out to be top-of-mind for some respondents. 49% felt that working remotely is better for overall health and well-being, and 40% would take a pay cut to work from home. Pulse Check on COVID-19 Testing Over the course of our survey series, we’ve gathered opinions about Coronavirus testing. Here are the latest findings: 60% were not worried about the cost of Coronavirus treatment - a decrease from the percentage we’ve seen over the past few months. 52% thought frequent COVID-19 testing is the best way to control the spread. 52% thought every child should be tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis. The Latest on Telemedicine Telemedicine use during the coronavirus pandemic is another topic we’ve kept an eye on. In our latest survey, 79% had not used telemedicine prior to the pandemic, but 43% have used telemedicine during the pandemic. While highlighting several advantages of telemedicine versus visiting a doctor in person, we asked our respondents which telemedicine perk is most appealing to them. 55% said avoiding the waiting room. 47% said convenient scheduling. 47% said the wait times were better. 38% said getting care from home. Full Current Events in the United States Survey Results Click here to download the full results. Our Survey Methodology The above survey results were gathered through a national survey of 1,000 registered voters, which was conducted September 4 - 8, 2020. The survey has a margin of sampling error of +/- 3.1 percentage points. 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