According to two Gallup polls over the last year, people over 65 with Medicare are more satisfied with their health insurance than people under 65 with commercial insurance.
More specifically, people without health insurance are the least satisfied with the health care system (36 percent). People with military or veterans coverage are the most satisfied (77 percent) and people with Medicare or Medicaid are the next most satisfied (76 percent).For this survey, Gallup did not separate out satisfaction rates for people newly insured in the health insurance exchanges. They plan to do so in future polls as soon as practicable.
The survey also does not speak to the reasons why people over 65 are more satisfied with the health care system than the rest of the population. Joe Baker, president of the Medicare Rights Center, speculates it’s because Medicare and Medicaid coverage are easier to use than private insurance and in most cases provides better protection against financial risk. “For sure, Congress can improve Medicare. But, compared with the hassles of referrals and huge copays and deductibles with private insurance, Medicare is relatively simple.”
The second survey reveals again that people over 65 are more satisfied (79 percent) with our health care system than any one else. It further shows that people with health insurance are far more satisfied with the health care system (70 percent) than people without health insurance (37 percent). Interesting, Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents are more satisfied with the health care system (74 percent) than Republicans and those who lean Republican (60 percent).