A new report from the Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found about 36% of nonelderly adults and 29% of children in the U.S. have delayed or foregone care because of concerns of being exposed to COVID-19 or providers limiting services due to the pandemic, writes Healthcare Dive.
Of those who put off care, more than three-quarters had one or more chronic health conditions and one in three said the result of not getting treatment was worsening health or limiting their ability to work and perform regular daily activities, the research based on polling in September showed. However, the types of care being delayed are fairly routine. Among those surveyed, 25% put off dental care, while 21% put off checkups and 16% put off screenings or medical tests.
Based on surveys of about 4,000 adults conducted in September, the research shows people of color are more likely to put off care than other groups. While 34% of Whites said they put off care, that percentage rose to 40% among Blacks and 36% among Latinos. Income also played a role, as 37% of those with household incomes at or below 250% of the poverty level put off care, compared to 25% of those with incomes above that threshold.
- Healthcare Dive: https://www.healthcaredive.com/news/one-third-of-us-adults-postponed-care-during-pandemic-reports/595102/
- Delayed and Forgone Health Care for Nonelderly Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Urban Institute and Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. February 16 2021 (PDF)