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AMERICANS POSTPONING HEALTHCARE

12,000 Americans were surveyed this spring finding that 20% of those surveyed have delayed or postponed medical care siting cost as the primary reason.

Missed physician visits are becoming much more common the survey sited and I am certainly able to note this even in my own practice.

With increasingly large deductibles and copays, even if the person has health insurance, the personal cost of medical care is becoming a huge burden.

The survey did not even touch upon the increasingly large number of patients and families who are not covered by health insurance at all. That figure is somewhere between 30 and 40%.

The cost of healthcare is climbing beyond the reach of a significant portion of the patient population.

Anyone in private practice of medicine, in my case Orthopaedic Surgery is aware of this situation on a daily basis.