Blog | Wednesday, April 28, 2010

QD--News Every Day: Consumers losing confidence in health coverage

A newly created index of consumer health care confidence has fallen steadily this year, reports The Thomson Reuters Consumer Healthcare Sentiment Index. Consumers report declining confidence in their ability to access, use, and pay for health care. The index, set at a baseline of 100 in December 2009, is now at 97.

More consumers reported difficulty paying for services and insurance, or reported a reduction/cancellation of their insurance. More delayed or failed to fill a prescription in the past three months, or canceled a diagnostic test (such as blood work, X-ray or mammogram.

Further, consumers expect the situation to worsen in the next three months, including putting off elective surgery.

Thomson will report figures monthly and has published their methodology online.