Americans are feeling a bit more confident about their ability to obtain and pay for medical care and health insurance, according to the most recent consumer sentiment index on healthcare by Thomson Reuters.
In June the index was up one point from 98 to 99, the second straight month of improvement, and up four points from April when it hit a low of 95.
The index is based on the monthly Thomson Reuters PULSE Healthcare Survey, which asks 3,000 respondents about their expectations for the next three months, as well as their experiences in the last three months, for accessing and paying for medical care and health insurance. The baseline measurement of 100 was set in December 2009.
From May to June, the index for expectations jumped 3 points to 100. Consumers generally predicted they would be better able to pay for health care and health insurance and less likely to cancel or delay services, according to Thomson Reuters.
Consumers' reporting of whether they had difficulty paying for medical care or health insurance in the last three months remained at 98, the same as in May.