More Adults Delaying Health Care Because of Cost, CDC Report Finds
The percentage of U.S. residents ages 18 to 64 who say they delayed medical care because of cost has increased from 11% in 1997 to 15% in 2008, according to a report from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, UPI reports.
The annual report -- which now is in its 34th year -- also found that:
- The percentage of U.S. adults who did not receive prescription drugs because of cost increased from 6% to 11%; and
- The percentage of U.S. adults who did not receive necessary dental care rose from 11% to 17%.
The report also included details on other aspects of U.S. residents' health. For example, the report found that between 2005 and 2008, half of men and one-third of women ages 65 to 74 took a statin.
Meanwhile, the percentage of U.S. men and women who took a statin increased from 2% between 1988 to 1994 to 25% between 2005 and 2008. In addition, the report found that in 2007, 25% of deaths occurred at an individual's home, 36% occurred in hospitals and 22% occurred in nursing homes (UPI, 2/16).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.