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Poll: Three in Ten Households Defer Health Care Due to Cost

December 29, 2008

Richmond – Three in ten American adults admit they, or a family member, delayed medical treatment in the last year because they were afraid of its cost, according to a survey by Gallup. Rick Shinn, public affairs director for the Virginia Community Healthcare Association, says the survey results are proven in examining rooms at community health care centers when patients present complicated health issues.

"Either they didn't know about a community health center being available, or they did not have health insurance. They have delayed getting attention and treatment."

The number of uninsured Americans is at an all-time high, according to the U.S. Census. The Gallup poll found that 77 percent of those who put off a medical treatment had health insurance, but even with coverage, they were concerned about cost. Shinn says he is surprised so many people don't know about community health centers.

"With the health facilities available, with the information that's sent out over the medium, people aren't aware of what options are available."

More than 225,000 Virginians receive health care at community health centers. To find a local center, visit www.communityhealth.org.

Aries Keck/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - VA