Healthcare is top family financial problem for 17% of Americans, poll says

Seventeen percent of Americans identified healthcare costs as the "most important financial problem" facing their family in a recent Gallup poll.

For the April 17-30 poll, Gallup surveyed 1,024 adults in  50 states and the District of Columbia.

Only 12 percent of respondents ranked healthcare costs as the top family financial problem in Gallup's 2018 poll.

After healthcare costs was lack of money/low wages (11 percent); college expenses (8 percent); cost of owning/renting a home (8 percent); and taxes (8 percent). Twenty percent of respondents said they did not have a top financial family problem.

Older Americans are particularly likely to identify healthcare costs as the "most important financial problem." Twenty-five percent of respondents ages 50 to 64, and 23 percent of those ages 65 and older, did so this year.

Gallup has asked Americans to name their top financial family problem since 2005. The organization said healthcare costs, energy costs/oil and gas prices and lack of money/low wages are the only issues that have topped the list in any one poll.

Read more about the poll here.

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