Poll: 13% Know Person Who Couldn’t Afford Healthcare
POLL: 13% OF AMERICANS KNOW SOMEONE WHO DIED AFTER NOT BEING ABLE TO PAY FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT
(CNN) – About 34 million Americans know someone who died after being unable to pay for a medical treatment.
It shows that more than 13% of Americans have a friend or a family member who died in the past five years; after not receiving a treatment because of the high costs.
The survey also found that 22.9% of U.S. adults said there had been a time in the past year when their household was unable to pay for drugs they were prescribed.
Women and low-income Americans are more likely to be in that category.
The study does not prove that absence of care led to those deaths.
But it suggests that rising healthcare costs are preventing Americans from getting the care they need.
According to the poll, an overwhelming majority 85% of U.S. adults support legislation to lower prescription drug costs at the expense of the pharmaceutical industry, regardless of income level, education and employment status.