Beckers Hospital Review 1-28-20
Despite health insurance gains over the past 20 years, affordability is still lagging and causing patients to skip out on seeing their physicians, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Researchers studied 20 years of data from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to identify if adults had unmet needs for physician and preventive care. The study found from 1998-2017, the inability for Americans to see a physician because of cost grew 2.7 percentage points. Researchers said the increase is owed to declining access to service among insured patients, despite coverage gains realized under government regulation like the ACA.
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