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Young adults skip health care as medical debts rise
A survey found that young adults are skipping needed health care and racking up debt from doctor bills as medical costs rise.
June 8th, 2012
12:53 PM ET

Young adults skip health care as medical debts rise

By Emily Jane Fox, CNN Money

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Millions of young adults are forgoing necessary care and treatment because of rising health care costs, a report said Friday.

In fact, 41% of young adults between age 19 and 29 failed to get medical care in a recent 12-month period because of cost, according to a Commonwealth Fund survey. Among uninsured adults, the number rose to 60%.

They are not filling prescriptions, skipping recommended tests or treatments, avoiding doctor visits and failing to get specialist care they need.

"This reflects the high cost of medical care right now and health pl ans that may not cover people very well," said Dr. Sara Collins, vice president for affordable health insurance at the Commonwealth Fund and chief author of the survey.

And doctors are noticing that young adults stop listening to medical advice once they hear the cost of treatment.

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