About one-half of the 15.6 million nonelderly uninsured Americans with chronic conditions went without medical care or prescription drugs because of cost, according to an analysis of more than 25,000 surveys from nonelderly adults in 2003. Just over one-fifth of uninsured with chronic conditions, or 3.3 million, paid at least $2,000 out of pocket for medical care in the 12 months before the survey. The analysis, conducted for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, was released to coincide with Cover the Uninsured Week, ending May 8. -- by Joseph Mantone
Uninsured forgo treating chronic conditions: study
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