About 26% of working-age adults in the U.S. were uninsured at some point in 2003, compared with 24% in 2001, and the combination of increasing insurance instability with decreasing benefits led to an increase in the percentage of people forgoing healthcare, the Commonwealth Fund said in a new report. Some 37% of working-age Americans didn't fill a prescription, see a physician when ill or undergo recommended care at some point in 2003 because of financial issues, according to the report, based on a survey of 4,052 adults. By comparison, just 29% of respondents to a 2001 survey reported skipping care because of costs. Low-income and minority workers suffered the most instability in health coverage, the report said. In other findings: 62% of respondents said they would forgo the entire recent federal tax cut to ensure all residents have at least some health insurance, and nearly 60% said ideas on health reform would be an important factor in how they vote in the presidential election. Read the report. -- by Tony Fong
More uninsured, more skipped care in 2003: survey
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