is essential for all Americans but today, many of them can't afford it. Research from financial website Earnin
shows that 54 percent of people in the U.S. have delayed medical care in the past 12 months because they couldn't afford it. The most commonly delayed types of care resulting from a lack of money are dental or orthodontic work (55 percent), eye care (43 percent), and annual exams (30 percent).
The following infographic shows the extent of the problem by level of household income. Unsurprisingly, households in the lowest income bracket
who are taking home $50,000 a year are most likely to delay or put off medical care for financial reasons. High-earning households bringing in $100,000 or more aren't immune to the problem either with 40 percent of those polled putting off medical care for financial reasons in the past year.