A new study, published JAMA Network Open, compared individual experiences related to access to care, costs of care, and reported satisfaction with care among the 5 major forms of health insurance coverage in the US. Contemporary data directly comparing experiences between individuals with public and private health insurance among the 5 major forms of coverage in the US are limited.
The survey study used data from the 2016-2018 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System on 149,290 individuals residing in 17 states and the District of Columbia, representing the experiences of more than 61 million US adults.
The study found individuals with private insurance were more likely to report poor access to care, higher costs of care, and less satisfaction with care compared with individuals covered by publicly sponsored insurance programs. These findings suggest that public health insurance options may provide more cost-effective care than private options.
- Access to Care, Cost of Care, and Satisfaction With Care Among Adults With Private and Public Health Insurance in the US. JAMA Network Open. June 1 2021