Economic issues caused 1 in 5 Americans to skip health care

According to HealthLeadersMedia (, one in five Americans did not seek medical care for a recent illness or injury, with four out of 10 citing cost as the primary factor, according to a Deloitte Center for Health Solutions online survey of more than 4,000 adults.

The survey also showed a declining number of consumers reporting to have visited a physician or healthcare professional in the past year; 79% of respondents sought medical attention in 2010 as compared with 85% who did so in 2009.

(Sources: HealthLeadersMedia,, August 9, 2010; Advisory Board Daily Briefing,, August 11, 2010)