Of the 82 percent of consumers surveyed who consider themselves “well” or “adequately” insured, nearly all (96 percent) are somewhat or very satisfied with their health plans overall, according to a new Deloitte poll. Many are concerned the new health reform law will bring about significant changes to their current coverage. Of those enrolled in employer-sponsored health plans, 61 percent believe their employer will reduce benefits for dependents and retirees and 32 percent think employers will probably pay the penalty and discontinue health coverage for employees altogether.
Among survey respondents who consider themselves “very knowledgeable” about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), many also indicated concerns over the impact health reform will have on access to quality health care. They believe that some hospitals and medical practices will close (72 percent) and that their employers may drop their coverage (51 percent).
The cost of care is also an issue for the majority of consumers. Survey respondents anticipate increases in taxes (76 percent), health insurance costs – including premiums and out-of pocket expenses (65 percent) – hospitals and physicians services (66 percent), and the cost of medications (54 percent) as reform is implemented.