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Healthcare Consumer Confidence Steadies in August, According to Thomson Reuters Sentiment Index

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Healthcare Consumer Confidence Steadies in August, According to Thomson Reuters Sentiment Index10:52 EDT Wednesday, September 07, 2011ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans' confidence in their ability to access and pay for healthcare remained stable in August, according to a consumer sentiment index produced by Thomson Reuters.(Logo: ) Overall, the Thomson Reuters Consumer Healthcare Sentiment Index gained one point from 96 to 97, not a statistically significant change. The baseline measurement of 100 was set in December 2009.The index, which is based on the Thomson Reuters PULSE? Healthcare Survey, has two parts: A retrospective component gauges respondents' experiences during the past three months. It tracks whether they postponed, delayed or cancelled healthcare services and whether they had difficulty paying for medical care or health insurance. In August, retrospective consumer sentiment remained at the July level of 96.A prospective component gauges respondents' expectations for the next three months.  In August, prospective consumer sentiment rose a point, from 97 to 98.The Thomson Reuters Consumer Healthcare Sentiment Index is updated monthly. A full report on the August results is available here: Thomson Reuters PULSE Healthcare Survey collects information about healthcare behaviors, attitudes and utilization from more than 100,000 U.S. households annually. It is representative of all U.S. adults and households. The Consumer Healthcare Sentiment Index is based on responses from a survey subset of 3,000 respondents each month. Thomson ReutersThomson Reuters is the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.  We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, healthcare and science and media markets, powered by the world's most trusted news organization.  With headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minnesota, Thomson Reuters employs more than 55,000 people and operates in over 100 countries.  For more information, go to Thomson Reuters HealthcareFor further information: John Roderick, +1-631-656-9736,