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1 in 3 Americans are concerned about the ability to pay for health care

Updated: Oct 25, 2022

75% of Americans give "D" or "F" grade for healthcare cost. 17% of U.S. adults have cut back on needed care to pay for household goods. Half of Americans are concerned about ability to pay for care as they age.

Editor's Note: The research detailed below was conducted in partnership with West Health, a family of nonprofit and nonpartisan organizations focused on lowering healthcare costs to enable successful aging.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A plurality of Americans give the U.S. healthcare system overall a poor or failing grade, and majorities rate its affordability and equity the same way, according to the West Health-Gallup 2022 Healthcare in America Report. Access to healthcare and quality of care are regarded as somewhat better, though neither earns majority-level positive grades.

In all, 21% of U.S. adults grade the healthcare system with an "A" or a "B," 34% with a "C," and 44% with a "D" or an "F." Grades of D or F are even higher for cost (75%) and equity (56%) of care. Though access to healthcare receives negative ratings, on balance, its poor or failing grades are lower (38%). Meanwhile, 47% of Americans grade the quality of care in the U.S. as excellent (A) or good (B).

The survey was conducted by web from June 21-30, 2022, with more than 5,500 U.S. adults via the probability-based Gallup Panel. Full results can be found in the West Health-Gallup 2022 Healthcare in America Report, which explores the current struggles Americans face to pay for needed care and their concerns about the future of healthcare costs.




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