KFF February 20, 2024
Drew Altman

What does the public care about most when it comes to health care? Answer: Out-of- pocket costs followed by, well, out-of-pocket costs. Far down the list after that is everything else: Medicare solvency, value, state Medicaid spending, employer premiums, and down near the bottom is a big one, national health spending. Sure, people are just trying to make ends meet and expressing that to us when we poll. And experts will be quick to tell you that out-of-pocket spending has not changed much as a share of total health spending. But between a quarter and a half of all Americans report real problems paying their medical bills depending on how sick they are. People are not economists, and they don’t...

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