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60% young adults remain uninsured in US: Survey

Over 41% of young adults between age 19 and 29 failed to get medical care in a recent 12-month period because of the high cost

June 08, 2012 3:39 IST | India Infoline News Service
According to a Commonwealth Fund survey, many young adults in the US are avoiding to take necessary care and treatment because of rising health care costs.
Over 41% of young adults between age 19 and 29 failed to get medical care in a recent 12-month period because of the high cost.
The survey said, Over 60% of young adults remain uninsured. The young people are not filling prescriptions, avoiding doctor visits and failing to get specialist care they need. This reflects the high cost of medical care right now and health plans that may not cover people very well.
And doctors are noticing that young adults stop listening to medical advice once they hear the cost of treatment. The survey found that 36% of 19-29 year olds reported problems paying medical bills. And 43% of those who had medical debt said they used up all their savings to pay their bills; 33% took on credit card debt; and 32% were unable to pay off student loans or tuition payments.
Further, 31% said they delayed education or career plans because of medical debt, and 28% said they had been unable to pay for basic necessities like food or rent.

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