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Most Happy With Health Insurance Cost

Six out of 10 U.S. adults are satisfied with how much they pay for health insurance, but those on Medicare and Medicaid are more satisfied, a survey says.

Gallup’s annual Health and Healthcare poll found satisfaction rates among Medicaid and Medicare recipients reached a new high the last two years, at 76 percent, while those who have private insurance were less satisfied at 57 percent.

Sixty-four percent of U.S. adults with private insurance said their health premiums costs are shared with their employer, up from 54 percent in 2001.

Of those polled, 71 percent said their health insurance costs rose in the past year, including 29 percent who said their costs increased a lot, while 22 percent said their cost share has not changed and 5 percent reported a decrease.


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