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Survey: Health Cost Fears Outrank Terrorism Fears

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NU Online News Service, Feb. 27, 12:25 p.m. – More Americans are worried about health care costs than about losing their jobs, missing rent or mortgage payments, losing money in the stock market, or experiencing terrorist attacks, according to a survey by Princeton Survey Research Associates, Princeton, N.J.

The researchers who conducted the survey, which was sponsored by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, Calif., found that 38% of the U.S. residents polled said they were very worried that the amount they pay for health care services or health insurance would increase over the next six months.

Thirty-seven percent of the participants were very worried that their income might not keep up with rising prices in the coming six months.

These two worries eclipsed all others included in the survey. Twenty-two percent of the participants were afraid of losing money in the stock market. Nineteen percent feared terrorism or problems with paying for housing, and 15% feared losing their jobs.

The survey also found that 26% of participants were very worried that they might not be able to afford prescription drugs in the next six months, and 18% feared that they might lose their health insurance coverage.


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