Thursday, September 29. 2011
A recent survey found that U.S. consumer confidence in both the payment and accessibility of health insurance increased during the month of September.
The Thomson Reuters Consumer Healthcare Sentiment Index increased to 98 in September, one point higher than August's figure. The threshold for the index is 100, which was created in 2009, meaning that the index is nearing stability.
The index, which is comprised of two parts, did not witness a drop in either for the month of September. The retrospective index, which records the overall healthcare experience of respondents during the month, increased to 98, compared to 96 in August. More consumers noted that they would not delay or postpone an appointment with a physician, and were less likely to not fill their prescriptions.
The prospective index was stagnant at 98 in September. This part of the index, which projects what consumers feel will occur for the coming three months, showed that consumers are still more confident that they will be able to take care of healthcare payments in the near future.
This news may encourage more consumers to look at health insurance quotes, as they may find a better plan than they currently have for less money.
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