The US has some of the best doctors and facilities in the world – but accessing them for many is a constant battle. Millions of Americans are uninsured, and high deductibles mean even those that have it often struggle to pay for treatment and medications.
“Surveys show that many Americans with insurance are forgoing needed care because of cost,” Bob Doherty from the American College of Physicians (ACP) says. “Surveys also show that concern about not being able to afford care ranks among the top concerns of the public.”
Among the poorest 20 per cent of Americans, one-third of their income is spent on healthcare, according to a new study.
Out of pocket payments have grown over recent years, and nearly half of millennials have put off needed medical care because they can’t afford it.