NU Online News Service, May 23, 2005 12:00 P.M
As a whole, Americans are more anxious than they used to be about life-and-death issues, a new survey by an advertising agency finds.[@@]
The online “Life and Death” survey by JWT (formerly J. Walter Thompson), New York, found 79% believed they are more anxious than before about such issues. But only 16% felt they were up to contemplating the costs of old age and illness, 48% preferred to ignore such issues and 41% believed they are unable to afford the necessary level of insurance to take care of those concerns.
JWT surveyed 2,586 individuals online, balanced between women and men, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The study addressed the level of precautions, or lack thereof, by Americans about illness, accidents, old age and death.
It found 27% did not have health care insurance, and 33% lacked critical-illness coverage.