Share of U.S. older-adult families with forgone medical care in 2017-2018

Percentage of older-adult families with forgone medical care in the past 12 months in the United States from 2017 to 2018, by family composition

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Release date

July 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

2017 to 2018

Number of respondents

19,471 respondents

Supplementary notes

Children (under age 18 years), younger adults (aged 18–64) older adults (aged 65 and over).
Forgone care was based on a “yes” response to at least one of two questions: “During the past 12 months, [have you delayed seeking medical care/has medical care been delayed for anyone in the family] because of worry about the cost?” and “During the past 12 months, was there any time when [you/someone in the family] needed medical care, but did not get it because [you/the family] couldn’t afford it?”
"Forgone care: delayed or did not get needed medical care due to cost."

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