Cost tops COVID-19 as top healthcare concern, survey finds

The cost of care has topped the COVID-19 pandemic as the biggest healthcare concern facing Massachusetts residents, according to a Sept. 8 survey commissioned by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. 

A survey of 1,004 adults in the state was conducted June 14-23 by Beacon Research, according to a Sept. 8 Blue Cross Blue Shield news release. 

Five things to know: 

1. Sixty-seven percent said they were "extremely" or "very" concerned about the cost of healthcare. 

2. Thirty-two percent said they were "extremely" or "very" concerned about COVID-19. 

3. Sixty-two percent said cost of care was the most important healthcare issue, followed by access to care (19 percent) and quality of care (17 percent). 

4. Thirty percent said they occasionally put off healthcare because of the cost and 12 percent said they regularly put off care. 

5. More than 80 percent of those surveyed said payers, hospitals and state and federal governments should be doing more to address healthcare costs. 

Read the full survey here.

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