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Poll: Even With Obamacare, More Americans Delay Medical Treatment

By    |   Monday, 01 Dec 2014 12:05 PM

Despite the rollout of Obamacare, more Americans continue to put off medical treatment, The Washington Times reports, citing data from a new Gallup poll released on Friday.

A third of Americans say they have postponed treatment — for themselves as well as family members — which is among the highest percentages Gallup has charted in its 14 years of asking the question, the Times noted.

“Last year, many hoped that the opening of the government healthcare exchanges and the resulting increase in the number of Americans with health insurance would enable more people to seek medical treatment,” wrote Gallup of its poll findings.

“But, despite a drop in the uninsured rate, a slightly higher percentage of Americans than in previous years report having put off medical treatment, suggesting that the Affordable Care Act has not immediately affected this measure.”

Cost was seen as one factor, as some insured people still must contend with high deductibles that have occurred in newly revamped insurance plans. While they have coverage, such related costs returned to consumers may be to blame for the delays in treatment — a direct result of Obamacare, which has forced some people who already had coverage to pay enormous increases in existing plans. The extra costs now make certain treatments out of reach as finances are stretched thin.

While cost could be to blame for the delays, some who have been forced to pay those huge increases may now not understand what is covered by their revamped plans, adding to confusion even as the government touts the newly insured.

“Variation in the pricing for medical treatments, not to mention differences in how much insurance plans cover, could be confusing Americans or making them fear a needed treatment is too expensive. And while the costs of medical procedures aren’t rising as rapidly as they once were, it is still too early to tell if that is an effect of the Affordable Care Act and how prices may change in the future,” Gallup noted in releasing its latest survey, according to the Times.

The hardest-hit Americans have been those with incomes between $30,000 and $75,000, noted The Daily Caller. Those described as "middle class" saw their medical treatment delays rise to 38 percent, up from 33 percent in 2013.

Noted the Caller: "Thirty-five percent of those who earn under $30,000 a year are putting off seeking medical care, down from 43 percent last year."

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