Unemployed adults are less likely to receive medical care and fill prescriptions, and have poorer mental and physical health status, regardless of insurance coverage, compared to employed adults, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Other key findings from the study, which examined data from the the National Health Interview Survey, 2009–2010:
- In 2009–2010, 48.1% of unemployed adults aged 18–64 years had health insurance compared with 81.4% of employed adults; among the insured, a higher proportion of the unemployed had public insurance.
- Unemployed adults were more likely to have serious psychological distress than employed working-age adults, regardless of health insurance coverage.
- Unemployed adults had more difficulties obtaining needed medical care due to cost than employed adults, regardless of insurance coverage
- 30.1% of unemployed uninsured adults did not get a needed prescription in the past year compared with 23.2% of employed uninsured adults.