Americans Are Not Getting Healthcare During Hard Times

Americans cutting back on healthcare during the recession.  During difficult economic times, Americans are less likely to seek out healthcare than people who live in countries with government-funded systems.  A research team from Dartmouth College, Princeton and Harvard found that Americans cut back on everyday healthcare by 26.5 percent because they had been laid off or lost money on investments.  This represents a far larger percentage than seen with Canadian, British, German and French citizens.

Citizens in Great Britain and Canada went to the doctor less often by 5.6 percent and 7.6 percent.  The French and Germans cut their doctor visits by 12 percent and 10.3 percent.  According to the researchers, “We find strong evidence that the economic crisis – manifested in job and wealth losses – has led to reductions in the use of routine medical care.”

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