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Cover Michigan Survey 2014: Coverage and Health Care Access

 

  • Policy_paper1More people gained coverage—the proportion of adult Michiganders who reported being uninsured was cut in half, from 14 percent in 2012 to 7 percent in 2014.
  • Overall, from 2012 to 2014, those with insurance coverage reported access to primary care remained easy. Nearly 90 percent of insured adults reported having very or somewhat easy access to routine primary care appointments in 2012 and 2014.
  • Fewer people reported that they had delayed seeking medical care—22 percent of all respondents reported that they had not sought medical care they believed to be necessary in the previous six months in 2014, compared to 29 percent in 2012.
  • Between 2012 and 2014, Michiganders also reported fewer financial concerns associated with their health care:
    • In 2014, half as many respondents cited cost as a reason for not seeking needed medical care (21 percent, compared to 42 percent in 2012).
    • In 2014, 20 percent of respondents reported struggling to pay medical bills, compared to 27 percent in 2012.
  • Uninsured adults reported that it was more difficult to obtain primary care between 2012 and 2014. Those who reported very or somewhat easy access to primary care appointments declined from 67 percent in 2012 to 48 percent in 2014.
  • More people reported difficulty obtaining access to specialty care in 2014 compared to 2012. Specifically, 34 percent of adult Michiganders reported it was “very easy” to get an appointment with a specialist in 2012, compared to 24 percent in 2014.

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