More Americans are getting health insurance, but surprisingly, more are also spurning treatment. Thirty-four percent of Americans reported avoiding the doctor to address a real health concern because of cost. More coverage may not directly lead to more care.
“Last year, many hoped that the opening of the government health care exchanges and the resulting increase in the number of Americans with health insurance would enable more people to seek medical treatment,” Gallup said. “But, despite a drop in the uninsured rate, a slightly higher percentage of Americans than in previous years report having put off medical treatment, suggesting that the Affordable Care Act has not immediately affected this measure.”