Insured Patients Struggling with Health Costs
The NewsHour had an interesting bit tonight on people who have health insurance, but are delaying or forgoing health care due to the current economic situation and cost of co-pays and deductibles. The reporter told the story from Nashville, TN, featuring a local couple who were faced with deciding which of them would receive care.
There was a pie chart in the piece that indicated that something like 47% of Americans had delayed for forgone care in some way (such as skipping prescribed medicines or delaying regular check-ups) in the past year. I haven’t seen the survey methodology, but I wonder if the real number is possibly higher – there are likely some spouses or other family members out there who don’t even notice if routine/preventive care is skipped for some time, as they’re not the ones typically scheduling it.