Nearly 3 in 10 Americans delay medical care because of costs, poll finds

Twenty-nine percent of Americans reported that they or a family member put off medical treatment in the last year due to cost, according to a Gallup poll.

The finding from the November poll of 1,037 U.S. adults is in line with polls from previous years. Since 2005, an average of 31 percent of respondents annually have reported that they or a family member delayed medical treatment due to cost. The average was 24 percent from 2001 to 2004.

More than half of this year's 29 percent said they or a family member delayed medical treatment for a very or somewhat serious condition or illness. Gallup noted this is in line with its polls over the last 10 years.

Polls have also consistently found the uninsured are most likely to say they or a family member delayed medical care in the last year due to cost.

Read more about this year's poll here.

 

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