Difficulties receiving medical care in the U.S. in 2012, by social class

This statistic shows the results of a survey among American adults on whether they have had trouble getting or paying for medical care in the past year, sorted by social class. The survey was conducted in July 2012, shortly before the presidential election. 45 percent of respondents defining themselves as members of the lower class stated they did have trouble getting or paying for medical care in the past year.

Have you had trouble getting or paying for medical care for yourself or your family in the past year?

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Source

Release date

August 2012

Region

United States

Survey time period

July 16-26, 2012

Number of respondents

2,508 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

The source poses the original questions as follows: "Thinking now about the country’s long-term economic future, would you say you are very optimistic, somewhat optimistic, somewhat pessimistic or very pessimistic??"

Number of respondents per class: Upper class = 507 Middle class = 1,287 Lower class = 670.

The source asked the respondents if they define themselves as lower, middle and upper class. For details, please see page 123 at the source.

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