While there is good news in terms of coverage, too many Californians struggle to find access to health care. This is particularly true of those with the greatest need: One in two adults who report they are in fair or poor health delayed care in the past 12 months due to cost. Survey Says: Californians' Perspectives on Health Care describes findings from a 2014 poll of California adults, which asked about health insurance coverage, access to care, cost and affordability, use of health information technology, and data on care quality.
Key findings include:
* More than half of adults with the greatest need -- those reporting fair or poor health -- delayed care in the past 12 months due to cost.
* Finding health care providers who accept Medi-Cal was challenging. One in five enrollees (21%) reported difficulty finding a primary care physician who accepted Medi-Cal.
* Among adults who needed to see a specialist, those in fair or poor health were more likely to have difficulty getting an appointment than those in excellent or very good health (43% vs. 17%).
* In 2014, 40% of adults delayed care in the previous 12 months due to costs.