Economic crisis has reduced routine medical care in the United States

The economic crisis in the United States has reduced the use of routine medical care, and the cutbacks here are much deeper than in countries with universal health care systems.

A study from the National Bureau of Economic Research reports that Americans have reduced their routine medical care significantly more than people in Britain, Canada, France and Germany, who may have less out of pocket expenses.

Over twenty six percent of Americans reported reducing their use of routine medical care since the start of the global economic crisis in 2007.  The researchers conclude that reductions in the use of routine medical care were most likely to occur among young people, those with lower incomes and those who had lost money in the economic recession.

(Sources: The New York Times, http://nytimes.com, August 16, 2010; National Bureau of Economic Research, http://nber.org, March 2010)