Access to healthcare for non-elderly adults has declined over the past decade, according to a study in Health Affairs.
For the study, researchers examined data from the National Health Interview Survey from 2000 – 2010.
Key findings include:
- In 2010, nonelderly adults were 66 percent more likely to report that they had unmet medical needs than they were in 2000.
- In 2010, nonelderly adults were 79 percent more likely to report that they had unmet dental needs compared to 2000.
- They were also more 4.9 percent more likely to have delayed care because cost in 2010.
- In contrast, in 2010, children were more likely to have a usual source of care, to have received an office visit, and to have had a dental visit, compared to 2000 levels.
The authors state that the Affordable Care Act, which is aimed at adults ages 19 – 64, should improve access to care for this group, but also suggest that eliminating the law or curtailing the coverage expansion could result in a continued decline of adults’ access to care.