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"It's too early to call this a trend, but two months of increased confidence may auger growing optimism as we approach the end of the year," said
In September, for the second month in a row, consumers expressed increased confidence that they could access and pay for healthcare in the next three months and fewer people reported that they had postponed or cancelled treatment in the past three months.
The index, which is based on the Thomson Reuters PULSE™
- A retrospective component gauges respondents' experiences during the past three months. It tracks whether they postponed, delayed or cancelled healthcare services and whether they had difficulty paying for medical care or health insurance. In September, retrospective consumer sentiment climbed to 100 on the index scale, up from 96 in July and 99 in August.
- A prospective component gauges respondents' expectations for the next three months. In September, prospective consumer sentiment climbed to 100, up from 94 in July and 99 in August.