Poll Shows Uninsured Often Refuse Medical Treatment

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In a recent blog post, we noted that, contrary to some logic, those who have health insurance tend to be healthier because they participate in their preventative care such as vaccinations and pre-cancer screenings.

On the same day, we received another article, by The Hill, stating that those without health insurance tend to refuse medical treatment, or at least delay it, due to the cost.

According to a poll described in the article, less than a quarter of men and women enrolled inside the government programs – Medicare and Medicaid – told Gallup they have delayed therapies. Only a quarter of those who have private insurance coverage mentioned the exact same.

Young people today are substantially more likely to delay medical care than higher-income and older people, Gallup reported.

Millennials, those that are 18- to 29-year-old, have expressed their disapproval with the law in recent polls. A poll released last week by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics revealed that less than one-third of uninsured young individuals mentioned they planned to enroll in coverage.

This comes as the deadline to enroll in ObamaCare, Dec. 23, inches closer. Individuals must sign up by that date in order to initiate healthcare coverage on Jan. 1.

Uninsured individuals have to enroll within a program by the end of March 2014; otherwise they are going to face a tax penalty.

Is this true for folks you know as well?

Are you feeling the need to choose between health insurance and health care?

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