More than half of workers in the Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg area have less than $1,000 in savings to cover unexpected medical expenses, according to new research.
Aflac, Columbus, Ga., published this finding in “2012 Aflac WorkForces Report,” which summarizes an online survey of nearly 1,900 benefits decision-makers and more than 6,100 U.S. workers. Conducted by Research Now on behalf of Aflac, the reports contains both employer and employee research.
The survey reveals that 54% of Tampa-St. Petersburg workers have less than $1,000 in savings for emergency expenses. And nearly 4 in 10 (39%) have less than $500 — 11% higher than the national average.
Six in 10 (60%) of Tampa-St. Petersburg workers respondents says that it is “very” or “not at all” likely that they or a family member would be diagnosed with a serious illness like cancer, despite findings from the American Cancer Society (Cancer Facts & Figures 2012) that one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. Additionally, more than half (51%) say they are not very or not at all likely to be diagnosed with a chronic illness, such as heart disease or diabetes.
The 2012 Aflac WorkForces Report also finds the following: