Jan 31, 2024 - Health

Most adults have no idea what they should expect to pay for health care

Illustration of a price tag shaped and colored like a prescription pill bottle

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Fewer than 1 in 5 adults (17%) say they know how much health care products or services will cost in advance, according to new Gallup polling with Bentley University.

Zoom in: No matter how you slice up the data — by age, education level, insurance status, etc. — the results were pretty much the same, "suggesting a society-wide lack of awareness" about personal health care costs, Gallup's Stephanie Marken wrote in a memo.

  • Americans also largely don't think they're getting much value out of their health care dollars.
  • 56% said their costs didn't reflect the quality of products and services received, about two times more than those who said their costs did (29%).
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