Skip to main content

Advanced Search

Advanced Search

Current Filters

Filter your query

Publication Types



Newsletter Article


Share of Americans with High Medical Costs Has Remained Constant, Even Through Recession

The percentage of U.S. adults with high medical costs held steady, at around 19 percent, during the period 2006 to 2009, despite the severe recession during this time, a new Health Affairs study finds. According to Peter Cunningham, Ph.D., the author of the Commonwealth Fund–supported analysis, declines in family income during the recession were offset by a decrease in out-of-pocket spending on health services—a reflection, he says, of greater reliance on generic prescription drugs, not a decrease in the use of services.

Publication Details