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

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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Release date

December 2019


United States

Survey time period


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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