Americans’ confidence in their ability to afford future care and maintain coverage fell in December. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Care Public Perception Index (RWJF Index) decreased from 98.1 points in November to 96.1 points in December. The RWJF Index is a monthly survey that evaluates consumer confidence and perception of American health care. It is tabulated by the University of Minnesota's State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) using data collected as part of the Surveys of Consumers, conducted by the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan.
The RWJF Index ranges from 0 to 200—with baseline set at 100 in spring of 2009—and is composed of two sub-indices. The first, the Recent Health Cost Barriers Index, gauges consumers’ recent experiences accessing health care because of cost concerns. This index decreased from 98.9 in November to 96.6 in December. The second, the Future Health Cost Concerns Index, measures consumers’ confidence about accessing health care or health insurance in the future because of cost. This index decreased from 97.4 in November to 95.6 in December.