More Americans Delaying, Skipping Medical Care Due To Cost

June 27, 2008

A new report from the Center for Studying Health System Change has revealed that more Americans are either delaying or skipping medical care due to the high cost..Boston (ChattahBox) – A new report from the Center for Studying Health System Change has revealed that more Americans are either delaying or skipping medical care due to the high cost.

A survey was done with18,000 U.S. residents in 2007. These numbers were then compared to a similar survey from 2003.

The surveys revealed that in 2007, 20% of Americans over the past year either skipped or delayed receiving medical care, up from 14% in 2003.

Out of all of those who delayed or skipped care, 69% did so because of the high cost.

Among those with health insurance, 17% skipped due to cost in 2007, compared to 11% in 2003.

This is a 6% increase from the number in 2003, which was at 14%.

This data has revealed that the high costs of health care are forcing people to downright skip receiving needed treatment for various things.


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