Americans Struggle to Pay for Healthcare – 40% Delaying Treatments or Services

A survey on health behavior from 100,000 households

*25 percent of households have trouble paying

*40 percent expect to delay care this summer

*Baby boomers hardest hit

“The percentage of households that had difficulty in paying for care in the last year was statistically unchanged between March and April (about 25 percent).”

They found 40 percent of all households planned to postpone care in the coming three months, with about 15 percent planning to put off routine doctor visits.

Baby Boomers were four times more likely than seniors to have trouble paying for healthcare, according to the report.

Not surprisingly, those on Medicare “were the least likely to delay care.” Youth were also less likely, probably because they have fewer health problems.

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