Health insurance experts are divided on whether to include the word “health” in the term for most people, but a new survey suggests that most Americans think they should.
The Kaiser Family Foundation survey, which was conducted Sept. 6 through Sept. 10 among 1,922 adults, found that 43% of respondents think that a person should be able to get a policy that includes “health,” compared with 41% who think they shouldn’t.
That’s a statistically significant difference, but the researchers did not specify a reason for the difference.
They did note that the question was worded in a way that made it difficult for respondents to say “yes” or “no.”
While some of the survey’s respondents were more open about the issue than others, they also tended to be more cautious about including it in their health insurance plans.
A total of 46% of those who were offered coverage by their employer said they would consider changing to a plan that included “health.”
Only 9% said they’d consider doing so, the poll found.
But those who have coverage by an employer say they’re more likely to be open about their plans than those who don’t.
Among those who said they have coverage through an employer, 64% said that if they could, they’d change to a policy with a “health definition,” compared to 40% who said the same of those without coverage.