America's Sickest Can Least Afford to Pay Health Costs

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America's Sickest Can Least Afford to Pay Health Costs

Aug, 31st 2016

These very sick folks aren't getting what they pay for.

New studies find that the 12 million sickest Americans tend to be the ones who are least able afford their medical expenses. That's despite the fact that nearly all of them have some form of health insurance.

The Commonwealth Fund studies also found that even though these Americans spend more money than other adults on health services, they're "much more likely to report having an unmet medical need." They're also less likely to report having good communication with their provider, the studies found.

"The sickest patients have the highest medical spending but cannot reliably get the health care they need, even though they have insurance," said Dr. David Blumenthal, president of The Commonwealth Fund. "This is a sign that our...

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