For a long time, one of the greatest issues in the U.S. has been providing universal access to healthcare. Many people were unable to afford medical coverage before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was implemented. With the help of many initiatives, including the opening of the healthcare market place and the expansion of Medicaid coverage, numerous patients, who previously could not afford it, have been able to obtain health insurance.
The Commonwealth Fund recently conducted a survey of those who have newly gained coverage. Results showed that:
- The rate of overall uninsured people decreased from 20% in July-September 2013 to 15% in April-June 2014.
- 60% of those surveyed reported that they had filled a prescription or visited a physician using their newfound coverage.
- 75% of them felt that finding a primary care physician was “somewhat easy” or “very easy”.
- 68% of those who attempted to make appointments were successful in being able to see a physician within one or two weeks.
These results show that the ACA has been successful in its objective of lowering the percentage of Americans without health insurance. It seems that those who have been helped the most are the ones who most needed it. It is great to see these goals being achieved.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be conducting their own survey this fall, hoping to poll about 1.5 million Medicaid enrollees. There’s still a long road ahead, but if this trend continues, it can only mean good things for the American healthcare system.
Author: Apoorva Anupindi