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Peach State poll: Georgians give high marks to health care services

Despite the national debate on health care reform, Georgians generally express a high level of satisfaction with several aspects of the health care system, according to a recent Peach State Poll.

More than 90 percent of Georgians say that they are very satisfied (58 percent) or satisfied (33 percent) with the quality of the health care they receive. Georgians are extremely satisfied with the quality of communication they have with their doctors. The poll also found that those without health insurance are much more likely to express dissatisfaction with the quality of care they receive (23 percent compared with 7 percent).

Other Peach State Poll results:

Overall, Georgians’ satisfaction levels are higher than those of Americans, except when it comes to the ability to get nonemergency treatment without having to wait.

Georgians from households with incomes above $50,000 are far more likely to have health insurance coverage (94 percent) than those with incomes between $20,000 and $50,000 (78 percent) or those with incomes below $20,000 (47 percent).

Those with health insurance are most likely to get the coverage through an employer (47 percent); however, 61 percent of 18–25 year-olds with health insurance get their coverage through a spouse or family member (most likely a parent), and 52 percent of those over age 65 get their coverage through the government.

More than one-third of survey respondents say that they never discuss the cost of medical procedures (34 percent) or prescriptions (37 percent) with their doctor.