Health Care Cost Concerns Among Older Residents of Massachusetts

This report summarizes the results of a July 2015 poll conducted by a team led by Robert J. Blendon, Sc.D. of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The poll was conducted to assess the perspectives of Massachusetts adults age 65 and over on the issues of affordability, access, and satisfaction with their health care coverage. The results show that while a large majority of seniors are satisfied with the health care they receive as patients, over one-quarter of older adults are dissatisfied with health care costs, and more than one in five report that it has gotten harder to pay for health care services or prescriptions drugs over the past five years. Both concerns are higher among seniors who report poor health or a disability.