According to a new poll, over 13 percent of the Americans, which is equivalent to nearly 34 million people stated that they either lost a family member or a friend in the past five years because of being not able to afford the required treatment for any condition.
The survey was conducted two months back amongst almost 1,100 people residing in fifty states. This does not confirm that the death was caused due to lack of care. However, according to the findings of the study, it is suggested that the soaring price of prescription drugs, as well as, lack of required care are resulting in the adults of the United States not being able to address health issues.
Nearly 25 percent of the respondents of the survey stated that they were unable to afford the prescribed medication at a certain point in the previous year. There were more women who reported ‘cost’ as a barrier to addressing health issues.
Respondents who had a low income tended to be even more likely to be uninsured, hence, they were not able to afford the medication. Over 40 percent of the respondents who had an earning of yearly household income below 40,000 dollars told they were not insured. Almost 50 percent of those told they required either a credit card or file for a loan in order to pay their medical bills.
However, a vast majority i.e. 85 percent of the adults of the United States advocates for the legislation to lower the costs of the prescription drug at the expense of the pharma industry, irrespective of education, income level, or the employment status of an individual, as revealed by the poll.
When it comes to the expenditures of healthcare, the United States remains an outlier. The U.S. healthcare system is spending twice higher money than that of other developed nations.