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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If they are already up to their eyes in debt, why not just charge the care, since they'll wind up in bankruptcy anyway?
Prevention of medical conditions is much cheaper and easier than the nonexistent cures.
HI Sharyl Attkisson,
Recently I watched the documentary Living Proof by Matt Embry. He was diagnosed with Multiple Schlerosis over 20 years ago but has remained symptom free by following a very strict diet. The documentary follows his attempts to promote these methods to other people with the disease and, unbelievable, the MS Society of Canada's desire to stop him because, presumably, donations to the society will go down if people actually recover from MS.
It reminded me of Robyn O'Brien's discovery that the Epipen makers did not want to support her efforts to keep children safe from allergic ingredients because it would negatively impact their sales. I have heard the American Cancer Society is the same: their bottom line depends on people getting cancer, so they frown on preventative care.
You do such a fantastic job of looking at topics other reporters shy away from, so I thought these might raise an eyebrow. Here are links if you care to follow:
Full Measure has become regular Sunday morning viewing for my family.