Record Number of Americans Not Getting Medical Care Because of Cost

Sure, you have insurance, but with a $12,500 deductible plus co-pays, can you afford to get treatment?  According to the latest Gallup poll, a record number of Americans are saying, “No!”

The polling company found that 25%, or a one in four Americans delay getting medical attention for a major issue because of cost.  Another 8% put off getting attention for a less serious condition because of cost, bringing the total to a full third of the population that cites cost as the reason they didn’t seek medical help.

When Gallup first asked the question in 1991, 22% of Americans had delayed medical treatment because of cost. The medical conditions were split evenly between major and minor.  The company next asked the question 20 years later in 2001, and the numbers were the same.  The numbers drifted higher until 2010, and then remained steady until this year when they jumped to a record high.


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