Survey: Consumers switch health plans often

About half of respondents in a new survey said they changed their health plan in the past three years, according to the independent public relations firm Finn Partners. Additionally, the survey showed that Americans are evenly split on whether they read their health insurance plan, but those most likely to do so have been with the same insurance plan between 6 to10 years.

Overall, the survey says that consumers may gain a greater value out of their plans if they stay with the same provider longer. "Insurers active in connecting to customers may help them retain longer primary-care relationships, improving preventive care and reducing personal and societal health costs," Emily Shirden, a partner at the firm, said in the survey.

The survey also found that 46 percent of respondents said they only see their doctor once a year, FiercePracticeManagement reported. Survey