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People Skipping Medical Care Because Of Costs

While health is something that’s incredibly important to most people, a new survey shows a lot of people are constantly risking their health, and unfortunately it’s all because of money.

Believe it or not, a recent survey finds that 40% of Americans have skipped recommended medical tests or treatment because of the cost, while 44% didn’t go to a doctor when they were sick or injured because of money.

As if that’s not scary enough, 30% of people say that in the last year they had to choose between paying a medical bill or paying for basic needs like food, heating or housing. And while getting sick is scary, it turns out that for a lot of people the bills are even scarier. In fact, while 33% of folks fear getting an illness, 40% fear the bills that come with that illness.

  • And these aren’t the only ways finances are getting in the way of people’s health. The survey also finds that about one-in-tree respondents either didn’t fill a prescription or took less than prescribed in order to save money.
  • You can also forget about the dentist. Close to half of people say they went without a cleaning or check up in the last year, with 39% skipping the dentist even when they needed treatment.

Source: Business Journal

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