Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Rising premiums is the greatest concern facing Americans in regards to health care coverage, a Gallup poll released Monday indicates.
The survey found that 61 percent of people in the United States considered their healthcare provider requiring them to pay higher premiums or a greater portion of medical expenses as a "major concern," while 37 percent said it wasn't a major concern.
Americans were nearly 20 percent more concerned about rising premiums than having enough money to pay for healthcare, which 46 percent of respondents said was a major concern. Additionally, 42 percent of people said either being denied healthcare for a pre-existing medical condition or going without health insurance were a major concern.
Higher premiums were also the greatest concern among all demographics, with more than 50 percent of all age groups, genders, political parties, insurance customers and economic groups citing it is a major concern.
Concerns about personal healthcare was highest among lower-income adults, with more than 55 percent of people earning less than $30,000 per year citing all four scenarios included in the survey as a major concern.
Democrats and independents were generally more concerned about personal healthcare issues than Republicans with 68 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of independents citing rising premiums as a major concern versus 52 percent of Republicans.
The results of the study were based on telephone interviews conducted Nov. 1- Nov. 11with a random sample of 1,037 adults, aged 18 and older living in the United States. It had a 4 percent margin of error at the 95 percent confidence level.