People with employer-sponsored and individually purchased private insurance were more likely to report poor access to health care, higher costs of care and less satisfaction with care compared with individuals covered by public insurance programs, according to a recent study published in JAMA Network Open. The researchers studied data from the 2016-2018 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System on nearly 150,000 individuals and found that Medicare beneficiaries were more likely to have a health care provider and were the most satisfied with their care compared with individuals enrolled in other programs. Meanwhile, individuals with private insurance were more likely to have medical debt.

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