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.

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6 comments

  • Darwin

    LOL at your frustration! Looks like a few more long years ahead for you. That's right, Obama is the president. Awww, does that make you angry? Don't cry, little baby…

  • Enrique

    Obamacare was billed as a way to reduce the cost of health care. It does the opposite. We are beginning to feel it in our insurance premiums and taxes that is if you pay taxes and insurance fees. Obama and his Democrats will continue with their shenanigans to deceive the American taxpayer. Same story/issues coming in 2014 and 2016.

  • The Middleclass

    Walk in the shoes of an uninsured or high deductible , low income working person. All walks of live deserve the same health care , you don't see republican congress giving up theirs , even though they are denying hard working Americans the same advantage as they have. The haves and the rest of us , who do work and strive to make it.

  • It's time

    Time to bring in competing doctors from other countries to bid for your treatment. American doctors are overpaid and unchallenged to charge you whatever they want.

  • Lol

    The other REAL problem is – doctors don't help you. Once you go on a medication or start seeing the doctor – it's never ending. You always have to go back. How many times have you gone to the doctor for something and actually got healed? Never? Doctors and the entire medical community in America is a scam! Invest in your health the natural way – I've taken vitamins (there are many kinds – quality is of upmost importance) and I've never been sick a day in my life. I have absolutely no health problems, none. If I go to the doctor I'm SURE he'll find SOMETHING to prescribe me anyway, LOL.

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