A December 2014 New York Times/CBS News poll shows that almost six in ten Americans (59 percent) favor the choice of a government-administered health plan like Medicare. Health-care costs have become prohibitive for many. Americans want to see new solutions to rising costs.
Today, almost half of all Americans (46 percent) are finding it a hardship to afford medical care. That’s up nearly 30 percent from last year (36 percent). Out-of-pocket costs have risen in the last few years, according to about half of the survey respondents. And, one third of Americans say they have risen a lot.
Almost three quarters of those surveyed say that treatments have become more expensive. Increasingly, health plans are requiring people to pay a percentage of the cost of care rather than a small flat rate.
Slightly more than half of respondents (56 percent) said that they were as likely to go to the doctor now as a few years ago. And, some (18 percent) said that they were more likely to get care. But, almost one in four (24 percent) said that they were less likely to see the doctor today.