Americans Rank Healthcare Near Top of Economic Woes
Tuesday, April 29th, 2008
This post was written by Melanie Matthews
Healthcare costs rank among Americans' top personal economic problems, and their struggles to deal with those costs have affected both their financial well-being and their family's healthcare, a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll finds. This poll probes into the economic concerns facing Americans and the ways they have dealt with the cost of healthcare.
Nearly three in 10 Americans (28 percent) report that they or their families have had a serious problem paying for healthcare and health insurance as a result of recent changes in the economy, behind paying for gas (44 percent) and about tied with getting a good-paying job or raise in pay (29 percent). Smaller shares report serious problems paying their rent or mortgage (19 percent), dealing with credit card or other personal debt (18 percent), paying for food (18 percent) or losing money in the stock market (16 percent).
Reports of families facing serious economic problems extend up into middle-income families, with almost three in 10 (28 percent) of those earning between $30,000 and $75,000 reporting a serious problem paying for healthcare or health insurance as a result of recent changes in the economy.