High cost a deal breaker on filling prescriptions, getting medical treatment, survey finds

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Patients are willing to  allow their prescriptions to go unfilled and delay medical treatment because of cost, according to a new survey

The June survey — commissioned by Wolters Kluwer, a global provider of professional information, software and services in healthcare and other sectors — involved nearly 2,000 U.S. consumers, nurses, physicians and healthcare executives.

Three findings:

1. More than half of consumers (52 percent) don't fill their prescribed medications due to cost.

2. 61 percent of millennials reported not moving forward with a medical treatment due to cost concerns. That's compared to 31 percent of baby boomers. 

3. Most consumers (78 percent) said they are likely to travel past the hospital nearest to them to a more distant hospital with a better reputation.

More information about the survey is available here

 

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