Millions can’t afford medical treatment
Fewer Americans are going to the doctor because they can’t afford it.
The Commonwealth Fund’s Biennial Health Insurance Survey finds about 80-million people didn’t get medical care last year because of the expense. That’s nearly half the nation’s working-age adults.
The survey also found that 28-percent of those who are insured, say they skipped treatment because of the high out-of-pocket costs.
Analysts say health care costs have gone up faster than wages.
And 28 percent of those with a chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and asthma who need medication, said they did not fill prescriptions or skipped doses because they couldn’t afford to pay for the drugs.
One positive note is that fewer young adults, those between the ages 19 to 25, were uninsured. That number fell to 41 percent in 2012, a drop from the 48 percent two years earlier. Most of that can be attributed to the Affordable Care Act, which allows young adults to stay on their parents insurance until age 26.