Survey: Vast Majority Satisfied with State-Subsidized Health Care in Massachusetts
A survey of 695 Massachusetts patients found that the vast majority who receive subsidized health care via the state’s Health Connector are satisfied with the service. According to the Boston Globe, 86% of those surveyed said they were happy with the range of services covered and the quality of care, with 82% satisfied with their choice of doctors. Fully 81% of patients reported at least one regular care doctor’s visit since receiving coverage through the Commonwealth Care program, Massachusetts’ state-subsidized health insurance program for low- and moderate- income residents established under the state’s 2006 health care law.
The state’s health care and insurance reform law mandated that everyone purchase a state-regulated minimum level of health insurance. It also provides free care for anyone earning less than 150% of the federal poverty level. The law enjoyed the full support of then-governor Mitt Romney, a conservative Republican who could come under fire (if he decides to run for President next year) for his enthusiastic embrace of what many on the reactionary right would consider “socialized medicine.”
San Francisco’s universal health care scheme, Healthy San Francisco, has also earned high marks in customer satisfaction. A 2009 survey found that 94% of users were at least somewhat satisfied with the program, and that 92% would recommend it to a friend. The same number believe that other cities ought to enact similar reforms.
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