Survey: Health care costs, access unlikely to improve in 2019


U.S. physicians are not expecting to see improvements in health care costs and access in 2019, but most predict that the Affordable Care Act will make it through the year despite government efforts to defund it, according to a survey by health care market research company InCrowd.

Over 80% of the 200 physicians surveyed Dec. 20-22, 2018, said that it was somewhat or very unlikely that health care costs would improve over the course of this year, and almost 70% expressed those opinions regarding improved access to care. More than 70% said that the federal government will find ways to defund the ACA, but 60% believe that it will remain in place and almost 70% said that coverage for preexisting conditions will continue, InCrowd reported. A minority of respondents (45%) predicted that the quality of health care was very likely or somewhat likely to improve in 2019.

A number of other issues were covered in the survey: 71% of physicians predicted that children up to age 26 years will be able to stay on their parents’ coverage, 69% expect the insurance mandate to be eliminated, 58% believe that mental health coverage will be allowed, and 56% said that it is unlikely for more states to expand Medicaid, according to data from the 100 primary care physicians and 100 specialists who responded to the InCrowd MicroSurvey.

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