1 in 3 Skipping Vital Medical Care Due to Cost

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Sticker shock from medical bills is something many Americans are quite familiar with. Unfortunately, as the coronavirus pandemic drags on, the rising cost of medical care is causing one in three people to skip treatment altogether.


According to a new poll by nonprofit organization West Health and Gallup, 30 percent of Americans have avoided getting vital medical treatment within the last three months due to the cost. Medical bills are spiraling so far out of control that even 20 percent of the country’s highest earners (those making over $120,000 a year) say the cost of seeing a doctor keeps them from seeking treatment.

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“Americans have reached their breaking point,” says Shelley Lyford, president and CEO of West Health, in a media release. “Between March and October, the percentage of people reporting trouble paying for healthcare, skipping treatments and not filling their prescriptions spiked to their highest levels since the pandemic began, exacerbating another public health threat borne out of cost rather than illness.”

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SOURCE; Study Finds, Chris Melore

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