"The survey results are a good reminder that [health care] is a serious source of distress for Floridians," said
The online survey was conducted by the nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization Altarum in June and July. It included a demographically balanced sample of more than 1,200
The survey measured
The majority, regardless of political affiliation, said the government had to solve the problem, particularly the high cost of care and prescription drugs.
When asked what they wanted their legislators to work on, health care took precedence over issues such as immigration and jobs.
The results also showed that 78% of Floridians were worried about affording health care in the future.
Four out of five Central Floridians were worried about not being able to afford health-care in the future, whether it's nursing home care, a serious accident or health insurance, the survey showed.
"People tell us, even if they have good health insurance right now, they feel like they're just lucky. They feel like they're temporarily beating the system and at any point they could be the victim of all these horror stories that they read about -- of people who went into debt or had to declare bankruptcy or lose all their savings due to impossibly large medical bills," said
More than 60% of the respondents, especially people who bought private individual health insurance and those who had Medicaid, said they were worried about not being able to afford health insurance in the future.
Respondents who had coverage via the Affordable Care Act or had Medicaid were worried about losing their coverage, according to the survey.
Floridians aren't alone in dealing with such health-care affordability burdens. Altarum surveys in other states have shown similar results, said Quincy.
The survey showed that across party lines, Floridians expressed strong support for government-led solutions, although nearly twice as many
Meanwhile, 76% of Democrat respondents said that they agreed that the health system needs to change compared with 68% of
About 70% of
The majority of respondents in both parties agreed that the government should make it easy to switch between insurers if a health plan drops their doctor. They also agreed that doctors, hospital and insurance companies needed to provide upfront cost estimated to patients.
"When you see broad bipartisan support like this, it's time for action. This is not a polarized issue. This is an issue in which we all agree. So what's the problem?" Quincy said.
The survey comes on the heels of a
Meanwhile, a proposed constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid in
"There's a growing body of research that shows families in [Medicaid] expansion states have experienced significant reductions in unpaid medical bills and improved credit scores and greater economic security, so we continue to urge policy leaders in
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