Research indicates many Americans delaying, forgoing preventive healthcare

USA Today (6/25, Rubin) reports, “As the recession continues and unemployment climbs, surveys suggest many Americans are cutting costs by delaying or forgoing preventive healthcare.” But, one survey, by the American Academy of Family Physicians, shows that “six out of 10 respondents said they were seeing more health problems as a result of skipped preventive care, such as screenings, or unfilled prescriptions.” Ted Epperly, MD, president of the group, noted that “what’s become clear with this economic recession is that America is sicker than it was prior to the recession.” And, “although the details of President Obama’s healthcare plan are not yet known, much of the discussion has centered on preventive care.” Obama said, “We can all agree that if we want to bring down skyrocketing costs, we’ll need to modernize our system and invest in prevention.”

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