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Ky. poll finds 40% delay health care because of cost

Tuesday, April 16, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Melissa Moody
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April 10, 2013 (Cincinnati.com) Results of a 2012 Kentucky Health Issues Poll show that a majority of people in the state consider health care costs a financial burden and 40 percent have delayed medical procedures because of the expense.

Of those, a higher number of people said deductibles are more of a drain than insurance premiums or copays.

The 2012 Kentucky Health Issues Poll was funded by the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati.

Jennifer Chubinski, director of community research for the Health Foundation, said the survey demonstrates some of the consequences of a shift in the business model for health care.

"The question about what creates the greatest financial burden has never been asked by us before,” Chubinski said. "It shows that not only are health insurance costs increasing, but so is the burden carried by employees.”

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