Percentage of adults who could not afford a prescription U.S. 2017, by MSA status

This statistic shows the percentage of adults who needed a prescription drug but could not afford it in the past 12 months in the U.S. in 2017, by metropolitan statistical area (MSA) status. During that year, 6.7 percent of adults living in a small MSA had needed a prescription but could not afford it in the past twelve months.

Percentage of adults who needed a prescription drug but could not afford it in the past 12 months in the U.S. in 2017, by metropolitan statistical area status*

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Source

Release date

December 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2017

Number of respondents

19,408 respondents

Age group

18-64 years

Method of interview

Computer-assisted personal interviews (CAPI)

Supplementary notes

*Percentages are adjusted for age, sex, race and Hispanic ethnicity, health insurance status, poverty level, state Medicaid expansion status, and health status. A usual place to go for medical care does not include a hospital emergency room.
Original questions: “During the past 12 months, was there any time when you needed any of the following, but didn’t get it because you couldn’t afford it? … Prescription medicines.”
MSA: metropolitan statistical area. Large MSA: population of 1 million or more. Small MSA: population of less than 1 million.

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