One in four self-employed small business owners surveyed by Cigna Corp. do not have health insurance, and most said it’s because health insurance is too expensive.
Cigna surveyed 250 self-employed small business owners in February and released the results in a report this week. The Bloomfield health insurer said 60 percent of the uninsured proprietors consider business priorities more important than personal health and overall wellness.
The majority — 82 percent — said they didn’t have health insurance because it is too expensive, but 80 percent overestimated the price of health insurance, according to Cigna.
Among the uninsured respondents in the survey, 60 percent either seek medical attention only if they feel something is wrong with their health, or very rarely seek medical attention even if they are sick.
“Clearly the stakes are high for this population to stay healthy in order to stay successful in business,” Lisa Lough, vice president of Cigna Individual and Family Plans, said in a prepared statement. “However, a majority of this group readily admit that their personal health takes a back seat to the demands of their business.”