Twenty-five percent (25%) of Americans say they delay treatment of a serious medical condition due to health care costs, according to a recent Gallup poll.
Another 8% said they or a family member put off treatment for a less serious condition, bringing the total percentage of American households delaying health care to 33%, tying the previous 2014 record high number.
Lower income households saw a larger increase in reported delayed medical treatment than middle and upper income households.
There may be a partisan component to the reports of delayed health care, since more (self-identified) Democrats report delaying important treatment and the existence of pre-existing conditions.
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