New International Survey: U.S. Adults More Likely to Skip Care Because of Costs, Struggle Financially

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<p>A new 11-country survey from The Commonwealth Fund finds that adults in the United States are far more likely than those in 10 other high-income nations to go without needed health care because of costs and to struggle to afford basic necessities such as housing and healthy food.</p><p>The survey findings, published today by <em>Health Affairs</em>, also indicate Americans are sicker than people in other countries and experience high levels of emotional distress.</p>
<p>Although there has been significant improvement since the 2013 survey, one-third of U.S. adults went without recommended care, did not see a doctor when sick, or failed to fill prescriptions because of the cost—a far higher proportion than in such countries as the U.K., Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden. The U.S. also stands out for material hardship: about one of six adults say they worry about having enough money for nutritious food or struggle to afford their rent or mortgage.</p> Read more survey results