The telephone survey, conducted in November by Woelfel Research, included 1,001 U.S. adults age 45 and older. All but 10 percent of them have health insurance, either from their employer, their spouse's employer, private insurance, or Medicare.
One survey question was, "How confident are you that you will be able to afford medical care next year?"
Most people - 81 percent - said they were at least somewhat confident. That leaves the remaining 19 percent unsure that they will be able to foot their health care bills in 2009. Here are the details:
People age 65 and older (and thus eligible for Medicare) were especially confident that they'll be able to afford health care next year. People earning less than $30,000 per year were least confident about being able to pay for healthcare.
Likewise, when asked specifically about affording prescription drug costs next year, most people - 83 percent - were at least somewhat confident. But 9 percent were not very confident and 8 percent were not at all confident that they could afford their prescription drugs. Most participants reported spending up to $200 per month for up to six prescription drugs in 2008.
Survey participants were also asked what they had done to try to contain their health care costs.
The survey has a margin of error of three percentage points.
By Miranda Hitti
Reviewed by Louise Chang
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