By Robert Preidt
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Could 7, 2021 (HealthDay Information) — Many American staff stay in jobs they’d fairly depart — just because they do not wish to lose their health insurance, a brand new Gallup ballot reveals.

That is the scenario for 16% of respondents in a nationwide ballot of greater than 3,800 adults carried out March 15-21.

The worry is strongest amongst Black staff. Pollsters discovered they’re extra more likely to maintain an undesirable job at 21% than Hispanic respondents (16%) or white respondents (14%).

Staff with annual family incomes beneath $48,000 are almost definitely (28%) to remain put in an effort to maintain well being advantages, and 3 times extra seemingly to take action than staff in households making $120,000 or extra, in accordance with the joint West Well being-Gallup ballot.

“Well being care prices have grow to be so excessive that many Individuals are unwilling to threat any disruption of their protection even when meaning increased and better premiums and deductibles and sticking with a job they might not like,” mentioned Tim Lash, chief technique officer for West Well being, a gaggle of nonprofit organizations that purpose to decrease well being care prices.

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About 158 million Individuals have employer medical health insurance.

The ballot means that 135 million Individuals worry they’ll finally be priced out of well being care, in the event that they have not been already.

Greater than half of respondents mentioned they’re “involved” or “very involved” that well being care providers (53%) and prescription drugs (52%) will grow to be unaffordable. Extra fear about rising well being care prices than about dropping their house (25%) or job (29%), pollsters discovered.

Forty-two % mentioned they’re involved they would not have the ability to pay for a significant well being downside, together with 49% of Hispanic respondents and 47% of Black individuals.

“Individuals are more and more involved that they’ll get priced out of the U.S. well being care system and are struggling to hold on in any approach they’ll,” Lash mentioned in a West Well being information launch.

Earlier this 12 months, about 46 million individuals — 18% of the U.S. inhabitants — mentioned they might not afford well being care in the event that they wanted it right now.

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The ballot discovered substantial assist for federal authorities motion to regulate well being care prices.

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About three-quarters of respondents favor limiting prescription drug worth will increase (77%); capping hospital costs in areas with few or no different hospitals (76%), and having the federal government negotiate decrease costs for some high-cost medicine that do not have lower-priced alternate options (74%). About two-thirds assist authorities limits on costs for out-of-network care.

Respondents with personal insurance coverage have been as supportive of presidency intervention as these on public health plans, together with Medicare and Medicaid.

“Polling information from West Well being and Gallup proceed to display that almost all Individuals are supportive of an elevated authorities function in curbing the rising prices of care,” mentioned Dan Witters, a senior researcher for Gallup. “How elected officers reply to that is unfolding, however there appears to be substantive public assist for a lot of particular proposals which might be on the desk.”

The margin of error different from query to query, starting from 1.3 to 4 proportion factors.

Extra info

The Kaiser Household Basis has extra on health costs.

SOURCE: West Well being, information launch, Could 6, 2021