Medicare Beneficiaries Happier With Their Health Insurance Than Privately Insured

People who are enrolled in Medicare are happier with their health insurance than those with private health insurance, according to a recent JAMA report.

Researchers found that the privately insured had a more difficult time finding doctors, were less likely to have a personal physician, had to deal with higher medical costs, were more likely to have medical debt, were more likely not to fill prescriptions because of their cost, and were less satisfied with their care than people insured by Medicare.

The findings were true whether people purchased their own health insurance or had employer-sponsored insurance.

Learn more about how the privately insured, Medicare beneficiaries, and Medicaid beneficiaries view their health insurance and health care experiences in the Healthcare Dive article “Privately insured face worse access, higher costs than those in public plans: JAMA report.”