Survey: 40% of Californians Delayed Care in 2014 Because of Costs
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The survey was based on polling data from 2014 (Peters, State of Reform, 4/14).
According to the survey, 28% of insured respondents said their insurance costs had increased in the last year, compared with 54% who said they stayed the same.
Meanwhile, the survey found that delays in care related to cost varied by health status and race. For example,55% of California adults who reported fair or poor health delayed care in the last year due to costs, compared with 79% of respondents in good or excellent health.
In addition, the survey found:
- 50% of Latino respondents said they delayed care;
- 38% of White respondents said they delayed care;
- 27% of Asian respondents said they delayed care; and
- 26% of African American respondents said they delayed care (CHCF survey, March 2015).
Meanwhile, 21% of respondents said they had trouble finding a primary care physician who would accept Medi-Cal patients. Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program (State of Reform, 4/14).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.