In the United States, three in four (75 percent) consumers say the recent economic slowdown has impacted their health care spending.
In an effort to save money, 36 percent of prescription medication users say they asked their doctor to prescribe a generic drug instead of a brand name drug.
Between 4 in 10 and 5 in 10 respondents experienced an increase in household spending on health care in the past year with the exception of the United Kingdom (22 percent), Canada (29 percent) and China (37 percent).
Consistently throughout the 12 countries surveyed, many consumers see their health care systems as wasteful, with redundant paperwork, individuals not taking responsibility for their own health, and defensive medicine being the top causes of wasteful spending.
Less than one in five consumers surveyed say they maintain a personal health record (PHR) electronically, with the exception of consumers in China where one in three have such a record.
Consumers are open to alternative approaches to traditional health care, such as visiting retail clinics or traveling outside their local community for care.