Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thomson Reuters Sentiment Index: Health care consumer confidence steadied in May

Americans’ confidence in their ability to access and pay for health care improved in May, according to a consumer sentiment index produced by Thomson Reuters.
Respondents surveyed for the index reported an improved outlook when asked if they had experienced a reduction in or loss of insurance coverage in the past three months. Overall, the Thomson Reuters Consumer Healthcare Sentiment Index rose three points from 95 in April to 98 in May, a statistically significant increase.

“This recovery in confidence is encouraging when compared with last month’s numbers, but the month-to-month variability in sentiment could be an indication of underlying uncertainty among health care consumers,” said Gary Pickens, chief research officer at the Thomson Reuters Center for Health care Analytics.

The index, which is based on the Thomson Reuters PULSE™ Healthcare Survey is updated monthly.

The Thomson Reuters PULSE Healthcare Survey collects information about health care behaviors, attitudes and utilization from more than 100,000 U.S. households annually. It is representative of all United States adults and households. The Consumer Healthcare Sentiment Index is based on responses from a survey subset of 3,000 respondents each month. Its baseline measurement of 100 was set in December 2009.

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