Success? One-Third of Adults Went Without Health Care Due to Expensive Costs
About one-third of adults in the U.S., or 33 percent, went without recommended health care due to expensive costs, according to a Commonwealth Fund survey.
The survey was conducted in 11 countries including the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. From March to June 2016, the group asked 26,863 adults who were 18 years and older about various aspects of their health care coverage.
The survey found adults in the United States were far more likely than adults in other countries to go without recommended care such as foregoing doctor visits when sick and failing to fill prescriptions because of costs. In the U.K. and Germany, 7 percent of adults faced cost problems.
Low-income adults found it difficult to afford care. Forty-three percent of low-income adults in the United States said they went without care due to affordability, which was the highest rate of any country surveyed.
“Relative to other countries, the health care system in the United States appears to perform poorly in meeting several population health goals,” the report states. “Out-of-pocket spending is an important barrier to care in the United States, reducing access to services.”
For those who are chronically ill in the United States, 14 percent believed they did not have the support they needed from their health care provider to manage their situation.