PORTLAND, Maine — A new public opinion survey shows increasing worries among Mainers about the cost and availability of health care coverage.
Market Decisions of Portland said the survey was conducted July 13-30. Twenty-six percent of those responding reported they or someone in their family had problems paying for medical bills during the past 12 months. That’s up from 22 percent a year earlier.
Twenty-one percent said they were concerned about losing health insurance in the next 12 months, up from 18 percent last year. While 12 percent said they did not get needed medical care from a doctor, or surgery, it was down from 22 percent last year.
Market Decisions surveyed 400 Maine residents 18 years of age and older. The survey has a margin of error of 5 percentage points.