Connecticut Consumer Healthcare Experience State Survey

Mirroring national trends, an alarming 50% of Connecticut adults report one or more healthcare affordability problems. Connecticut is a top ranked state in terms of household income—in 2016, census data show median household income was $73,433. Nonetheless, like many Americans, Connecticut residents currently experience hardship due to high healthcare costs.

Nearly half (43%) of Connecticut adults encountered one or more cost related barriers to getting care in the past year, including: 33% delayed going to the doctor or having a procedure done, 24% avoided going altogether to the doctor or having a procedure done and 22% skipped a recommended medical test or treatment, according to a survey of more than 900 Connecticut adults conducted by Altarum's Healthcare Value Hub. In addition, 79% of residents worry about affording healthcare in the future.

Altarum’s Consumer Healthcare Experience State Survey (CHESS) is designed to elicit respondents’ unbiased views on a wide range of health system issues, including confidence using the health system, financial burden and views on fixes that might be needed.

Data Briefs

 

Methodology

Altarum’s Consumer Healthcare Experience State Survey (CHESS) is designed to elicit respondents’ unbiased views on a wide range of health system issues, including confidence using the health system, financial burden and views on fixes that might be needed. 

The survey used a web panel from SSI Research Now with a demographically balanced sample of approximately 1,000 respondents who live in Connecticut. The survey was conducted only in English and restricted to adults ages 18 and older. Respondents who finished the survey in less than half the median time were excluded from the final sample, leaving 926 cases for analysis. After those exclusions, the demographic composition of respondents can be found in the table below. Additional information on the survey instrument is available upon request by emailing hubinfo@altarum.org.

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