Study: Health care costs force 35% to make financial, lifestyle sacrifices

Study: Health care costs force 35% to make financial, lifestyle sacrifices

[Ed. – Yet the need for Obamacare was urged based precisely on the promise that people with major illnesses wouldn’t have to do this anymore.  So now 35% of EVERYONE gets to do it.]

More than one in three Americans, or 35 percent, said they were unable to pay for basic necessities such as food, heat, and housing because of medical bill problems.

“People with insurance who face problem medical bills also report a wide range of consequences and sacrifices during the past year as a result,” the report states.

Sixty-three percent said they had to use up most or all of their savings and 42 percent took on additional work and worked longer hours. Seventy-seven percent said they planned to delay an action or purchasing major household items and 75 percent said they would spend less on food, clothing, and basic household items. Another 38 percent said they would pay the health care costs by increasing their credit card debt and 37 percent said they would resort to borrowing money from family and friends.

The report did not find that the insured had significantly fewer problems than the uninsured in paying their medical bills. Forty-four percent of the insured said they had problems with medical bills and 45 percent of the uninsured said the same. …

Many who were insured reported skipping or putting off health care in the past year. Sixty-two percent said they postponed dental care, 43 percent said they skipped doctor-recommended tests and treatments, and 41 percent went without filling a prescription.

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