HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
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
    '"/>


Contact: Jon Gardner
jgardner@projecthope.org
301-656-7401
Health Affairs
9-Oct-2002


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. National Survey: Leg Crossing Is Taboo But Women Indulge Anyway
2. Medicare HMOs fail to control costs of colon surgery in elderly patients
3. Partnership for Prevention and ACPM commend expanded coverage of preventive services under Medicare
4. Lower drug prices could eliminate coverage gap in Medicare prescription drug plan
5. Long history of missed opportunities plague Medicare prescription drug benefit
6. Beneficiaries with chronic conditions still face high costs under new Medicare drug law
7. Extra Medicare payments for private health plans to total $2.75 billion in 2004
8. More risk factors for heart disease increase Medicare cost
9. Many low income Medicare beneficiaries will still face high drug bills under proposals in Congress
10. JAMA study: Medicare coverage boosts cancer, cholesterol screening for previously uninsured adults
11. Medicare+Choice enrollees face continued cost increases in 2003, costs have doubled since 1999

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:3/27/2020)... ... March 27, 2020 , ... On March 27th, 2020, ... for people with asthma, their families and caregivers living in the US. This free ... 2020 and June 30, 2020, and will focus on asthma symptoms, the different kinds ...
(Date:3/22/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... March 21, 2020 , ... In partnership ... Unity” to honor our community’s medical professionals and first responders. The title comes from ... seal of the city and its flag. , Proceeds from the sale of ...
(Date:3/20/2020)... N.J. (PRWEB) , ... March 20, 2020 , ... My ... directly suffered loss from COVID-19. Having also lost a loved one recently through similar ... Over the last few days, I have felt a gamut of negative emotions just ...
(Date:3/19/2020)... Denver, CO (PRWEB) , ... March 19, 2020 , ... ... and your family in this time of crisis. TOTR welcome new telepractice patients across ... team at info@therapiesotr.com or call 303-888-4840 to begin or resume your services safely! ...
(Date:3/19/2020)... ... March 19, 2020 , ... Van Dyk Health Care, which sold its skilled ... October 3, 2018 and is not involved in the operations of these facilities in ... Caring at Montclair. , “We are devastated to learn about the recent tragedy at ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/30/2020)... ... 2020 , ... In order to provide continuous patient care ... addition to in-person visits. The San Diego-based leader in regenerative health therapies made ... professionals, and the community at large is the top priority. , Aspire ...
(Date:3/27/2020)... MINNEAPOLIS (PRWEB) , ... March 27, 2020 , ... ... services to youth and families, is changing its name to Nexus Family Healing. ... and restoring hope for youth and families suffering from mental, emotional and behavioral ...
(Date:3/27/2020)... ... 2020 , ... The Haute Beauty Network, well known for ... a leading weight-loss and Body expert representing the Los Angeles Market and the ... collective of leading doctors nationwide. The invitation-only exclusive network maintains elite as ever, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: