GENERAL PUBLIC SURVEY
Conducted by Ward Research in Summer 2003
The cost of health insurance is a major concern for Hawaii’s
be expected, monthly premium charges were uppermost in the respondents’ minds.
A majority prefer higher deductibles and lower premiums to lower
deductibles and higher premiums.
When asked what kind of premium
fees would be acceptable, general public respondents said they
would not mind paying $48 a month
for basic coverage – compared to $108 cited by the self-employed
and $70 by part-timers workers.
Prescription coverage was deemed
most important (more than half mentioned it), followed closely
by dental. The survey found that
included dental, they would be willing to pay a $71 a month premium.
Seven out of 10 in both the insured and uninsured category agreed
that they would accept a tax increase to insure people, especially
Less than 1 in 10 has never had health insurance; about half of
the respondents were previously insured, either through an employer
Uninsured Hawaii residents believe that their health
status is worse than those with insurance. They lag behind insured
of doctor visits. Only about a third of the uninsured have seen
a doctor at least twice in the past six months, compared to more
half of those with health insurance.
And as might be expected, those
without health insurance are more likely to have other household
members without health insurance.
Most uninsured residents (about
60 percent) said they worry about the next time they will get sick;
less than 40 percent of insured
residents expressed the same concern. Uninsured residents tend
to use hospital emergency rooms less, and have fewer overnight
than those with health insurance.
The resident sample included 602
Hawaii residents. The margin of error is ± 2.8%. This general
public survey was funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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