PRINCETON, N.J., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- About four in 10 U.S. adults are dissatisfied with their healthcare costs, a Gallup survey revealed.
When asked how they felt about with the total cost paid for their healthcare, 42 percent said they were dissatisfied and 56 percent were satisfied, according to research from Gallup's 2014, 2015 and 2016 Health and Healthcare polls, conducted each November.
Those least dissatisfied were those covered by Medicare or Medicaid (29 percent) compared with the the uninsured (62 percent) and those with private insurance (48 percent).
"While it may be hard for average consumers to be 'satisfied' with the price of anything that can cost them thousands of dollars, dissatisfaction with healthcare costs depends a lot on the type of coverage a person has," Gallup said in a release Monday.
The average is up from 38 percent were said they were dissatisfied with their healthcare costs from 2011 to 2013, before the existence of the Affordable Care Act's exchanges, which opened in 2014.
From 2014 to 2016, 37 percent of Americans were enrolled in a government healthcare plan while 52 percent got their coverage through a private insurer and 11 percent had no insurance.
Dissatisfaction has increased the most among those with private insurance, rising to 49 percent in 2016 from an average of 40 percent from 2011 to 2013. It was 30 percent in 2001. In 2001 it was 30 percent.
Those with private insurance are more satisfied depending on how much their employer shares premium costs.
With full employer coverage, the dissatisfaction rate was 27 percent compared with 46 percent when the costs are shared and 60 percent when paid fully by the consumer. Household income varies slightly in terms of satisfaction -- 48 percent for those earning $75,000 and up and $30,000 to $74,999 and 45 percent for those earning less than $30,000.
Because of the implementation of Obamacare, adults with private health insurance are now more likely to be paying the full cost of their premiums. This includes workers going off an employer-sponsored plan -- sometimes after being dropped -- and into the ACA exchanges.
Healthcare premiums have been rising.
One-third of adults with private health insurance say their premiums went up a lot in the prior year. And 81 percent of them are dissatisfied with their healthcare costs.
Another 38 percent in private insurances say their premiums went up a little with 40 percent of them dissatisfied with their costs.
And a little more than a quarter in private care, say their premiums were steady or declined with 28 percent dissatisfied with their costs.
The surveys were conducted by telephone each November with a random sample of at least 800 adults, aged 18 and older, in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. For the combined sample of 2,868 national adults, the margin error is 2 percentage points.