Healthcare Access and Affordability Continue to Decline, Preventing Texans From Getting Care

By K Health
August 12, 2021

K Health conducted a survey of over 1,200 Texans to understand how they feel about access and affordability of healthcare in their state. 95% believe healthcare in the U.S. is too expensive, and two-thirds have been unable to see a doctor due to high costs, convenience, or unavailability.

The results were eye-opening, yet unsurprising. In 2019, The Commonwealth Fund’s annual scorecard, which ranks how states, local communities, and the nation are performing on key health system benchmarks and improvement targets, ranked Texas last in access and affordability. The 2020 report showed these indicators in Texas have been worsening over the last 5 years. 

K Health’s survey showed 40% of people felt the cost of their healthcare medications or treatments were too expensive, and 41% thought seeing a doctor is too expensive. 56% of people have spent more than $500 on medical bills in the past year, with 23% still owing money.

While 50% of Texans have employer-sponsored health insurance, 43% of participants would change jobs if it meant getting access to better insurance. 

Unlike traditional healthcare providers, Texans don’t need insurance nor an appointment to get treatment and care from K Health. A one-time visit is $35, and a membership, which includes unlimited 24/7 access to doctors, is $29/month.

Check out the findings below, broken down by gender:

More results below…

Medical Expenses in Texas are Through the Roof

  • In the past year:
    • 87% of people have spent money on medical expenses
    • 56% have spent more than $500
    • 8% have spent $5,000 or more
  • 23% owe money in medical bills
  • 28% have negotiated the cost of medical bills
    • 28% didn’t know the cost of medical bills can be negotiated

Costs and Wait Times Prevent Texans from Getting Care

  • 60% have experienced wanting to see a doctor, but were unable to due to high costs, convenience or unavailability
  • 95% agree that healthcare in the U.S. is too expensive
  • 40% said the cost of seeing a doctor is too expensive
  • 41% said the cost of treatment and medication is too expensive
  • 22% said wait times for an appointment are too long

Texans Need Better Health Insurance

  • Only 50% of Texans have employer-sponsored health insurance
  • 17% are uninsured
  • 44% said they would switch jobs if they could get better health insurance

Low Trust in the Healthcare System

  • 33% have less trust in the healthcare system after COVID
  • 15% said they don’t plan to have their children vaccinated for COVID

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