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Survey: Medicare gets higher marks from enrollees than private insurance

BETHESDA, MD-Elderly Medicare beneficiaries are 2.7 times more likely than enrollees in employer-sponsored plans are to rate their health insurance as excellent and one-third as likely to say they couldn't get health care because of cost, according to a survey published today on the Health Affairs Web site.

The findings of better satisfaction, access, and security experienced by Medicare beneficiaries mean that would-be Medicare reformers need to be cautious if they want to make the program more like the private sector, according to the Commonwealth Fund's survey.

"Medicare beneficiaries' more positive access experiences and ratings of their care indicate that their coverage is working relatively well in providing choice of services and access to needed care," writes Commonwealth Fund president Karen Davis and her colleagues. "Thus, attempts to reform Medicare that would pattern coverage on private employer coverage run the risk of undermining the confidence of the people it is designed to serve."

The survey, based on interviews with 3,457 Americans age 19 and older in July 2001, also found that elderly Medicare beneficiaries were one-quarter as likely to report problems paying their bills and less than half as likely to say they paid a lot out of pocket for drugs or dental services, according to the Commonwealth Fund's survey.

Other findings:

    * 22 percent of the privately insured people found that their plan did not pay for care that they thought was covered, compared to 9 percent of elderly Medicare beneficiaries
    * 9 percent of the privately insured people had difficulty getting a referral to a specialist, compared to 2 percent of elderly Medicare beneficiaries
    * 33 percent of privately insured people were unable to pay their bills or had been contacted by a collection agency, compared to 18 percent of elderly Medicare beneficiaries
    * 12 percent of elderly Medicare beneficiaries said they "had to change way of
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Contact: Jon Gardner
jgardner@projecthope.org
301-656-7401
Health Affairs
9-Oct-2002


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