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More Americans skipping healthcare due to costs

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If you?re seeing fewer patients, it might be because the high costs of health insurance and healthcare are causing more Americans to go without care, according to a new study.

 

If you’re seeing fewer patients, it might be because the high costs of health insurance and healthcare are causing more Americans to go without care, according to a new study.

A report by the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation, found that 9 million working-age adults became uninsured in the last two years. Only 25% of people who lost employer health insurance were able to find another source of coverage, and only 14% continued their job-based coverage through COBRA.

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Of adults who tried to buy coverage, 71% found it difficult or impossible to find an affordable plan or were denied or charged more for coverage because of a pre-existing condition.

The number of adults who reported problems obtaining healthcare due to cost has jumped during the past decade. In 2001, 23 million adults reported having a medical problem, but not visiting a doctor or clinic. The number was 49 million in 2010. The increases were similar for those who reported not filling prescriptions, skipping treatment, and not seeking a specialist’s care. More here.


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