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Income has role in healthcare satisfaction

PRINCETON, N.J., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Americans' self-ratings of the quality of their own healthcare remains high, with 40 percent rating their coverage as excellent, Gallup reported Monday.

Overall, 82 percent of Americans rated their healthcare either excellent or good, which Gallup said was about the same as previous surveys.

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The results are from Gallup's annual health and healthcare survey conducted in November. An analysis of data from 2006 through 2010 indicates those with private or government health insurance are more positive about the quality of their healthcare than are people without insurance, the Princeton, N.J., polling agency said.

Positive evaluations about the quality of healthcare rose with income, from 77 percent among those making less than $30,000 a year to 92 percent among people making $75,000 or more, the survey indicated.

The percentage of people reporting they or a family member delayed treatment for cost reasons increased from 19 percent in 2001 to 30 percent in 2006 and generally remained at that level since.

Results are based on nationwide telephone interviews with 1,021 adults conducted Nov. 4-7. The margin of error is 4 percentage points.

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