Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008: October 2008
The final Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008 finds more people are reporting problems with health care bills, and paying for health care retains a solid hold on the public’s list of their top economic concerns.
About one in three Americans now report their family has had problems paying medical bills in the past year, up from about a quarter saying the same two years ago. Almost one in five (18%) of Americans report household problems with medical bills amounting to more than $1,000 in the past year.
Nearly half (47%) of the public reports someone in their family skipping pills, postponing or cutting back on medical care they said they needed in the past year due to the cost of care. For example, just over one-third say they or a family member put off or postponed needed care and three in ten say they skipped a recommended test or treatment – increases of seven percentage points from last April’s tracking poll which asks the same question.
The October Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008, the eleventh and final in a series designed and analyzed by the Foundation’s public opinion research team, also examines voters’ specific health care issue interests and perceptions of the major presidential candidates’ positions on health care and reform.