The insured and uninsured are equally adept at identifying signs of medical trouble, such as chest pain or shortness of breath, but the uninsured are half as likely to seek help, according to the Center for Studying Health System Change.
In a survey of about 2,000 adults, 82% of those with insurance and 37% of those without said they saw or talked with a medical provider after the onset of one of 15 specific conditions.
The center said the study debunks the belief that the uninsured are less likely to use care because they are healthier or have different attitudes or preferences. Lack of insurance "is the barrier for people getting the care they actually need," a spokeswoman said.
Overall, about 58% of insured and uninsured people with a new symptom believed they needed to see or talk to a medical provider. Read the issue brief.