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Survey: Health costs, reform a source of stress for Americans

Patient Access Weekly Advisor, December 9, 2009

A new survey conducted by Misericordia University and Braun Research found that two in five Americans plan to spend less this holiday season as a result of rising health costs, and three in 10 said healthcare costs have led to arguments and tension with friends and family members.

The Health Care in America survey also concluded that the healthcare reform debate is a cause of stress and annoyance among the majority of Americans. Those surveyed reported that their top concerns with healthcare reform include the cost to future generations and its impact on the federal deficit, the cost of out-of-pocket expenses, and the accessibility of quality coverage.

"As we move closer and closer to healthcare reform legislation in this country, it is paramount that we keep in mind the impact that this process is having on individual Americans," said Misericordia University Michael MacDowell, EdD, in a statement.

Read more in the story by HealthLeaders Media's Ben Cole.

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