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Gallup: Millions Lost Someone Over Lack of Healthcare

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By    |   Tuesday, 12 November 2019 03:29 PM

Thirty-four million American adults said they knew of someone who died in the past five years because they could not pay for needed medical treatment — and 58 million said they could not afford the drugs they needed in the past year, a Gallup-West Health poll reported Tuesday.

The number of those knowing someone who died after not getting treatment totaled 13.4% of the respondents, while those reported an inability to pay numbered 22.9% of the respondents.

The latter figure is up from 18.9% in a January poll.

Gallup-West Health defined "medication insecurity" as "the inability to pay for prescribed medication at least one time in the past 12 months."

On the issue of prescription drug prices, 69% said that costs were "usually much higher" than what consumers should be paying, while 20% said prices "tend to be somewhat higher" than what should be paid.

Further, the poll found that two-thirds of the respondents — split evenly — reported that the Trump administration was making "not very much" progress or "none at all" in reducing prescription drug prices.

Here are some of the survey results:

Of those saying they knew someone who died because they could not pay for treatment, by annual household income:

  • Under $40,000: 18.5%.
  • $40,000 to less than $100,000: 11.1%.
  • $100,000 or higher: 9.1%.

Of those citing medication insecurity, by gender:

  • Male: 18.1%.
  • Female: 27.5%.

On prescription drug prices, by party:

Usually higher than what consumers should be paying:

  • Total: 69%.
  • Democrats: 76%.
  • Independents: 66%.
  • Republicans: 64%.

Somewhat higher:

  • Total: 20%.
  • Republicans: 22%.
  • Independents: 21%.
  • Democrats: 16%.

The Gallup-West Health poll questioned 1,099 U.S. adults on Sept. 16-30 and has a margin of error of 3.7%.

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Thirty-four million Americans said they knew someone who died in the past five years because they could not pay for needed medical treatment — and 58 million said they could not afford the drugs they needed in the past year, a Gallup-West Health poll reported.
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