Fewer Americans Are Having Trouble Paying Health Care Bills, Gallup Finds
Meanwhile, KHN reports on a study detailing trends in cost and the use of care among people with diabetes.
Survey: Fewer Having Problems Affording Healthcare
The percentage of Americans having trouble paying for healthcare or medicine has fallen to a new low, according to a Gallup survey. The survey finds that 15.5 percent of the public said that in the last 12 months they have not had enough money to afford needed healthcare. (Sullivan, 6/20)
Kaiser Health News:
As Childhood Diabetes Rates Rise, So Do Costs — And Families Feel The Pinch: Study
Childhood diabetes rates are on the rise, and a report released Monday pointed to the impact that the cost of their care could have on families -- even those who have employer-sponsored health insurance. The study, conducted by the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), found that children as old as 18 with diabetes who were insured through an employer-sponsored plan racked up $2,173 per capita in out-of-pocket health care costs in 2014. That spending level was nearly five times higher than that of kids without the illness. (Heredia Rodriguez, 6/20)