Gallup Poll: Half Of U.S. Worries They Can Afford Healthcare As They Age

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October 06, 2022
By Bruce Japsen

Half of the U.S. population lacks confidence they will be able to afford healthcare as they get older, according to a new Gallup poll.

The survey of more than 5,500 U.S. adults, which was conducted from June 21-30, comes as health insurers, government policy makers and medical care providers, are increasingly look at ways to address health equity and social determinants of health.

Half of Americans, or an estimated 129 million adults, “are either not very or not at all confident that they will have the financial resources to pay for the healthcare they will require as they age, with women (55%) more likely than men (45%) to express this concern,” Gallup said in a report accompanying the poll results.

“Just over one in four Americans (27%), an estimated 70 million adults, report that if they needed access to quality care today, they would not be able to afford it,” the Gallup report said. “This results in Americans continuing to make difficult tradeoffs when deciding to seek needed healthcare.”

The poll results accompany Gallup and West Health’s “Healthcare in America Report,” which continues to give the U.S. health system poor grades. The poll showed 44% of U.S. adults gave the system a “poor” or “failing” grade.

In particular, the report outlines several areas that show women and minorities are having difficulty affording healthcare. And that has translated into poor health outcomes.

“Nearly one in five adults (18%), an estimated 47 million Americans, report that their health problems worsened in the past year due to an inability to pay for treatment,” the Gallup report said. “Women and Hispanic Americans report worsening health outcomes at the highest rates.”

The entire West Health-Gallup report can be found here.