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Americans Skipping Healthcare Visits Due to Rising Cost

Dental care was the most frequently delayed healthcare. 21 percent of respondents reported skipping Dental visits in the prior 12 months to the survey. Followed by seeing a doctor 16 percent, forgoing prescription medicine 10 percent, follow-up care 10 percent, and counseling at 10 percent.

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28% of U.S. adults skipped or delayed medical care in 2022 because they could not afford to pay for it, according to a survey by the Federal Reserve Board. As Statista’s Anna Fleck reports, a significant increase from the 24 percent in 2021 and the highest share of U.S. adults since before Obamacare was initiated back in 2014.

Why it matters: Healthcare has become increasingly un affordable for the middle class. While the poor have complete government subsidized healthcare and the rich can afford the best medical services, the middle is getting squeezed out.

By the numbers: Dental care was the most frequently delayed healthcare. 21 percent of respondents reported skipping Dental visits in the prior 12 months to the survey. Followed by seeing a doctor 16 percent, forgoing prescription medicine 10 percent, follow-up care 10 percent, and counseling at 10 percent.

The bottom line: Healthcare is becoming increasingly cost prohibitive for a growing chunk of American citizens. Obama’s “Affordable Care Act” has produced a healthcare system where insurance companies win and healthcare providers and patients lose. Expect this issue to become a bigger national conversation.

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