It’s not just the uninsured — it’s also the cost of health care – Axios

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

“We still have an uninsured problem in the U.S., but we have a far broader health care affordability problem that hits sick people especially hard,” Drew Altman writes over at Axios. “Why it matters: It’s time to think more broadly about who’s having trouble paying for the health care they need. The combination of lack of insurance and affordability affects about a quarter of the non-elderly population at any one time, but almost half of people who are sick. Show less Now that the Affordable Care Act has expanded health coverage, the percentage of the non-elderly population that is uninsured is now just under 11%, the lowest level ever recorded. But as the chart shows: Another 15.5% who have insurance either skipped or delayed care because of the cost or reported that they or someone in their family faced problems paying their bills in 2017. That brings the total percentage of non-elderly people with insurance and affordability problems to 26.2%. More striking: nearly half of all people in fair or poor health — 46.4% — are uninsured or have affordability problems despite having coverage.” Drew Altman, “It’s not just the uninsured — it’s also the cost of health care,” Axios.