Individuals who come from low-income families are more likely to forgo healthcare due to the cost compared to higher-income families, according to a new report published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.
The authors from the University of Pennsylvania indicated that due to the current state of the economy, "many Americans are paying more for their healthcare." They added that many plans can cost thousands of dollars in deductibles before other services are even covered.
The researchers found that while many wealthy families once enrolled in high-cost insurance plans, lower-income families are now just as likely to enroll.
A total of 141 low-income families were surveyed, along with 273 higher-income families, all of which had high-deductible plans.
According to the results, 57 percent of underprivileged families had chosen not to receive care due to the cost within the last year, compared to 42 percent of the wealthier participants.
In addition, more than 24 percent of children who were from the low-income households had forgone care, while about 14 percent in this category were from higher-income families.
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