An Arizona Daily Star community poll of 1,400 participants found about 1 in 4 Tucson-area residents are not seeking medical care on account of affordability issues.
The poll also reported 16 percent of participants claimed to skip out on filling prescriptions because they could not cover the cost of refills and another 16 percent have been skipping meals. Doctor visit costs and medications proved to be the largest healthcare barrier when it came to receiving care, health insurance coverage was another. The sample included 1,400 members of the Tucson community, out of a population of over 530,000.
Dr. Francisco Garcia, Pima County’s chief medical examiner says he is not surprised by the results. or those who took the poll,
In 2017, rising healthcare costs gobbled up American wages as the cost of buying coverage increased faster than annual income and inflation.
A report by the Commonwealth Fund in 2016 found that Arizona families (among other states) spend about 12 percent or more of their income on premiums and deductibles.
In 2017, premiums reached $18,764 and on average American workers are paying $5,714 toward the cost of family insurance coverage; over 30 percent according to a study by Kaiser Family Foundation.
For the full story and more information regarding the poll, visit the Arizona Daily Star.