The national Kaiser Health Poll Report , updated every other month, found that 49% of respondents pronounced themselves “very worried” about paying more for health care or health insurance while 19% feared a terrorist attack and 18% were most worried about being a violent crime victim.
Topping the worry list in the latest Kaiser data were:
- not being able to afford the health care you think you need – 42%
- not being able to afford the prescription drugs you need – 35%
- the quality of health care services you receive getting worse – 32%
Among the non-health care worries popping up in the “very worried” column were:
- your income not keeping up with prices – 46%
- not being able to pay your rent or mortgage – 29%
- losing your savings in the stock market – 20%
Among the employed, 23% were most concerned about losing their job while among those both employed and insured, 21% said they fretted about having to stay in a current job for fear of losing health benefits.
The full report is online at http://www.kff.org/healthpollreport . Findings for the current survey are based on a national random sample of 1,203 adults with the polling conducted March 31 to April 3, 2005.