Patients’ Perspectives on Health Care

The Patients’ Perspectives on Health Care survey series, conducted by National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, seeks to illuminate the self-reported experiences today of health care consumers across the country and in seven states – Florida, Kansas, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Texas and Wisconsin – as they pertain to six main questions:

  • What is the overall picture in the United States – what has changed in the past two years, and how do adults in the U.S. rate their health care and costs at the state and personal levels?
  • How do adults in the U.S. rate the quality of their health care?
  • How do adults in the U.S. perceive the cost of their health care?
  • Do adults in the U.S. face barriers to accessing health care?
  • How do adults in the U.S. experience health care at different sites, including doctor’s offices, hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent care centers and retail or drug store mini-clinics?
  • What do adults in the U.S. think of national health reform?

Harvard Chan School Press Release – February 29, 2016

Many Americans view their health care positively, but report problems with costs, quality, and access

National News Coverage

NPR Special Series – ‘Perceptions of Health’

Health Quality an Issue For Poor, 2 Years Into Obamacare, Poll Finds – Joe Neel, NPR

Many Dislike Health Care System But Are Pleased With Their Own Care – Alison Kodjak, NPR

In Texas, Uneven Expansion Of Obamacare Sows Frustration – Lauren Silverman, KERA for NPR

Can’t Get In To See Your Doctor? Many Patients Turn To Urgent Care – Patti Neighmond, NPR

Medical Bills Still Take A Big Toll, Even With Insurance – Alison Kodjak, NPR

Hospitals Adapt ERs To Meet Patient Demand For Routine Care – Abe Aboraya, WMFE for NPR

Split Views On Health Overhaul In Ohio – Sarah Jane Tribble, WCPN for NPR

Medical Debt Rains Pain On Families, Even In the Sunshine State – Sammy Mack, WLRN for NPR

State News Coverage

Poll Measures Kansans’ Attitudes Toward ACA, Health Care – Bryan Thompson, KPR for KMUW

Poll: Health Reform, Costs Of Care Concern Kansans – Bryan Thompson, KPR for KCUR

Wisconsin Leads the Nation in Post-ACA Non-Emergency ER Visits – Bonnie Petrie, WUWM

Poll Shows Health Care Divide in Florida – Lottie Watts, WUSF

1 In 4 Floridians Give Low Marks To ER Care – Lottie Watts, WUSF

In Florida, The Doctor Will See You – Eventually – Abe Aboraya, WMFE