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Californians Concerned About Health Care Costs, New Survey Finds

Californians are concerned about increasing health care costs, according to a survey from the California HealthCare Foundation, HealthyCal reports. CHCF publishes California Healthline.

However, only about 25% of respondents said they have sought pricing information before obtaining care and almost 50% said they did not know the cost of their health insurance deductible, the survey found.

Additional Survey Findings

The survey also found that:

  • Most respondents said their health insurance premium rates have not changed substantially and that their benefits have remained stable (HealthyCal, 3/21);
  • Nearly 75% of respondents said they expect their health costs to increase in the future;
  • Almost 40% of respondents who reported that their health care costs have risen said they expect their benefits to worsen rather than improve (CHCF survey, March 2012);
  • Slightly more than 33% of respondents reported delaying care in the previous year because of costs; and
  • 25% of respondents said they delayed getting a regular physical because of costs (HealthyCal, 3/21).
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