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The Asclepius Initiative's 2022 Survey Results:
What Kentuckians think of U.S. health care insurance coverage

The Asclepius Initiative undertook a survey of 1,000 adult Kentuckians to assess their attitudes and beliefs about U.S. health care insurance coverage, and their willingness to entertain alternative financing models.* The online survey was conducted between April and May 2022 by Qualtrics. Respondents were matched to Kentucky demographics with respect to gender, race/ethnicity, insurance status (uninsured, insured through employer, Medicaid, Medicare, (non-group), and urban vs rural. Below are some highlights of the survey. More information will be posted soon.                                                     See Survey Report            

*With special acknowledgement to Liza Creel, PhD for data analysis, and thanks to Kaiser Family Foundation and IQS for their contributions to the survey instrument.

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Cost of Care

Of Kentuckians surveyed, while the uninsured are the most likely to be unable to afford care, the same is true for over 6 out of 10 respondents with private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare.

Finite Finances

Nearly 4 out of 10 Kentuckians surveyed had to give up necessary commodities such as, food or clothing in order to pay for medical care.

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How do Kentuckians feel about a national health insurance plan?

Overall, two-thirds of Kentuckians surveyed favor implementing a national government health plan. This  outnumbers by nearly three times those respondents who oppose such a plan.

The Influence of Political Ideology

While Democrats and Republicans were equally likely to have avoided, skipped, or stopped medical care due to cost (38%), Democrats were almost twice as likely to  agree with paying higher taxes to get health care for everyone than Republicans (61% vs 37%).

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