Survey: Health Care Costs Cause Americans To Avoid Doctor

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

A new poll suggests one in four Americans say someone in their family has put off needed health care because of the cost.

The Kaiser Family Foundation poll says more than half of the 1,200 people surveyed earlier this month said they or a family member living with them have cut back on health care to save money.

Overall, 27% said their household postponed needed medical care. That includes 16% who put off dealing with at least one serious problem.

And as President Barack Obama pushes to reform the health care system, the poll suggests he has public support -- 62% said "it's more important than ever to take on health care reform" while 34% said the U.S. can't afford it now.

The sampling error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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