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Fewer Americans Delaying Needed Medical Care

A new Commonwealth Fund survey reveals a significant drop in the number of Americans who delayed necessary medical care last year...
January 23, 2015

A new Commonwealth Fund survey reveals a significant drop in the number of Americans who delayed necessary medical care last year. There was an almost 33 percent drop in the percentage of Americans who put off a recommended test or treatment or delayed filling a prescription between 2012 and 2014. During that period, the percentage of Americans who neglected to fill a prescription declined from 27 percent to 19 percent, those who delayed necessary specialist care fell from 20 percent to 13 percent and the percentage who had trouble paying medical bills in the previous 12 months decreased from 30 percent to 23 percent.

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