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Many Americans skipping health care because of high costs. Find out who is most likely to go without.

Rising health care costs pose great challenges to many American families. A recent poll by the Morning Consult and Business Insider found that 58 percent of adults have delayed some form of medical care because the cost is simply too high.

The survey of 4,400 adults found:

  • 62 percent of women (53 percent men) have delayed medical treatment because of cost concerns. More than a third of women surveyed (35 percent) said they “often” neglected their health because of the expense.
  • 64 percent of those with annual incomes below $50,000 went without care; 40 percent of those with incomes more than $100,000 delayed or declined care because it was too expensive.
  • Rural residents were more likely to skip treatment compared with those living in cities or suburbs.

These findings come as other data show that the United States spends the most money on health care of any country in the world – $3.5 trillion.

Americans older than 65 were the only group where most reported that they continue to seek medical care despite high costs.

How does your experience with health care costs match up with those surveyed? Have costs become higher than you can handle? Share your story with Voices for Affordable Health.