Americans putting off treatment due to health care costs

By BenefitsPro

By Kathryn Mayer

Cost is coming as, well, a major cost for Americans’ health care.

More than three in 10 in Americans say they’ve had to put off medical care for themselves or their family in the past year due to the cost, according to a new Gallup poll. That’s the highest percentage since Gallup started tracking that annually in 2001.

More than half of those with no health insurance say they’ve had to put off care (55 percent), as have 30 percent of those with private health insurance—while 21 percent of those who have Medicare or Medicaid say the same.

The results mirror another Gallup poll out last month regarding the divide in satisfaction of health care costs. Medicaid and Medicare recipients’ satisfaction with what they pay for health care has risen to a new high the last two years, at 76 percent, while those who have private insurance have become slightly less satisfied, at 57 percent.

Gallup also found that more Americans have had to put off treatment for a serious condition than for a non-serious one—19 percent versus 13 percent—which has generally been the case in past years. The percentages putting off treatment for a serious or non-serious condition have nearly doubled since 2001.

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