At some point in their life, 38% of American voters have put off a doctor’s visit due to the costs involved. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that this jumps to 47% among those earning less than $75,000 annually (see question wording and crosstab results).
The survey also found that 35% have been unable at some point to schedule a doctor’s appointment when they needed one; 33% have failed to fill a prescription due to cost concerns; and, 26% have been unable to find a doctor covered by their insurance company.
If struck with a sudden illness, 19% are not confident that they could quickly get in to see a doctor that they trusted. That total includes 17% of white voters, 21% of black voters, and 32% of Hispanic voters.
It takes an average 18.4 days to actually see the doctor after making an appointment. Then, it takes two hours out of the day to spend just 20 minutes with the physician. That’s because a typical visit involves 101 minutes in the waiting room and travel time. People living in remote rural areas may have to set aside even more time.
This survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted for ScottRasmussen.com on September 18-19, 2018 by HarrisX, a leading research firm specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). The statistical margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
Sixty-eight percent (68%) believe it is Very Important to provide every American with Access to quality health care. A similar number (64%) support the concept of single-payer health care, but not as the term is typically discussed in Washington. Senator Bernie Sanders and others envision eliminating private insurance options. Only 19% of voters support that approach.
In health care, as in most things, voters tend to see competition as a better option than regulation. Most believe new technologies will have a bigger impact on health care rather than new government policies. This is true even though voters dramatically underestimate the pace of tech changes in health care.
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