4 Valuable Statistics for U.S. Healthcare Providers
on Thursday, August 11, 2016
Statistics can be scary, especially when it comes to healthcare. As a provider you want the best for your patients, and providing the best care possible often means understanding where they're coming from. Take a look at these statistics to learn more about your patients and how you can accommodate their needs.
#1. From 2014 to 2015, Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Premiums Increased at Twice the Rate of Workers' Wages.1
Healthcare costs rising quicker than wages means budgets are getting tight. Make sure you're addressing your patients needs before considering non-necessities.
#2. 2 Out of 5 Privately Insured Adults Have Stated it is Difficult or Impossible to Afford Their Deductible.2
Increasing deductible costs are providing additional hardships for patients, and confusing and unclear payment instructions can burden them further with late fees. Make the payment process easy for them.
#3. 2 Out of 5 Privately Insured Adults Are Unaware Their Health Plans Fully Cover Preventative Care Services.3
While caveats do exist from state to state, many patients are unaware that some services are fully covered by their insurance plan. Do your patients know what's covered and what isn't? Are you making it known through your marketing materials?
#4. Since the Affordable Care Act Became Law, the Uninsured Rate has Declined from 16% in 2010 to 9.1% in 2015.4
More people have health insurance plans than before. It's not your staff's responsibility to answer coverage questions, but they should be able to send them in the right direction.
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1The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
2The Commonwealth Fund
3The Commonwealth Fund
4Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- healthcare trends
- high deductibles
- patient costs