Identifying the Number of Patients in Each State Who Forgo Medical Appointments due to Cost

According to a new analysis completed by the Kaiser Family Foundation, there are major differences in the number of patients who skip physicians due to cost in each state. According to the study, in 2017, 19.6% of patients in Texas reported that they did not see a doctor due to costs. This was the highest percentage of all states, and it was followed by Mississippi at 18.2%, Louisiana at 17.1%, and Georgia and 17%.

Other states saw better trends. The lowest percentages of patients who skipped doctor visits because of cost were Iowa at 7.9%, North Dakota at 8%, and Hawaii at 8%.

These findings were published in Becker’s Hospital Review on September 24, 2018.

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