Findings From the 2000 Health Confidence Survey

April 2001, Vol. 22, No. 4
Paperback, 12 pp.
PDF, 78 kb
Employee Benefit Research Institute, 2001

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Executive Summary

Findings From the 2000 Health Confidence Survey—Findings
from the 2000 Health Care Survey (HCS) indicate that Americans are becoming more critical about many aspects of the health care
system. The survey also shows continued concern about escalating health care costs and a lack of confidence in the future of the
health care system, particularly among women and those in poorer health. In addition, respondents' familiarity with the term
"managed care" is declining; they tend to believe that their employer is better able than they are to choose a health
insurance plan; many with employment-based coverage say they are not likely to obtain health insurance coverage on their own
should they lose their current coverage; and uninsured respondents are largely unaware of state low-cost insurance
programs. Thus, survey respondents may feel that much of the national health care debate does not address their situation.

The HCS examines a broad spectrum of health care issues, including Americans' satisfaction
with health care today, their confidence in the future of the health care system and Medicare (the federal health care
insurance program for the elderly and disabled), and their attitudes toward health care reform. The survey is sponsored by
Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), the Consumer Health Education Council (CHEC), and Mathew Greenwald & Associates,
Inc., and has been conducted annually since 1998.