Harris Interactive, a leading global market research firm, recently examined top U.S. health insurance companies in its 2010 EquiTrend study; the annual brand equity study measures more than 1,000 brands across 42 categories, including a battery of U.S. health insurance companies.
Blue Cross/Blue Shield ranks highest in overall brand equity in the health insurance industry. The second and third highest ranked health insurance companies are Aetna and United Healthcare, respectively.
Given the passage of health reform earlier year, more and more Americans will come face-to-face with the decision to choose a particular brand of health insurance for themselves and their families where previously, many simply chose the health insurance selected by their employer. In addition, as cost-shifting moves to patients and they assume more of their health expenses, consumers will likely reconsider the factors influencing their health care purchasing decisions.
Harris Interactive’s Strategic Health Perspectives found in its annual consumer survey that the percentage of consumers who made the choice to switch to a less expensive health insurance plan increased from 7 percent in 2008 to 11 percent in 2009. Strategic Health Perspectives forecasts future trends in the U.S. health care system by analyzing economic, political, social, technological, and marketplace forces among major industry stakeholders.