Americans Skipping Medical Care, Can't Afford It

1:00 PM, Apr 26, 2013   |    comments
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New York (CNN Money) -- When the bills start to pile up, it's easy to put off medical care for yourself even if you have health insurance.

In fact, some 80 million people last year didn't go to the doctor or access other medical services because of cost, according to a new Commonwealth Fund's Biennial Health Insurance Survey. The numbers keep growing; up 75 million from two years ago and 63 million from 2003.

It also revealed 28% of working-aged adults with good insurance had to forego treatment due to the costs, according to CNN. The survey also revealed nearly three in 10 adults skipped visiting a doctor or clinic even when they had a medical issue. But even more alarming, the survey discovered more than a quarter of people failed to get prescriptions filled or backed out of recommended tests, or follow-up appointments.

You also can't ignore the growing costs of what you have to shell out, before your health insurance provider really kicks in. According to CNN, the share of Americans with deductibles greater than $1,000 more than tripled between 2003 and 2012. The survey also pointed out that 84 million, nearly half of all working-aged adults, went without health insurance for a time last year or had such high out-of-pocket expenses relative to wages were still considered under-insured.

In contrast the numbers of younger adults between the ages of 19 and 25 without insurance dipped to 41% last year compared to 48% two years earlier due, in part, to the Affordable Care Act.



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