QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Percentages of Persons of All Ages Who Delayed Seeking Medical Care in the Past 12 Months Because of Worry About Cost,† by U.S. Census Region of Residence — National Health Interview Survey, 2012 and 2017

The percentage of persons of all ages who delayed seeking medical care in the past 12 months because of worry about the cost decreased from 8.2% in 2012 to 6.3% in 2017, and this pattern was consistent in each U.S. Census region of residence.

Delays in seeking medical care because of worry about the cost declined from 5.8% to 4.4% in the Northeast, from 8.4% to 6.6% in the Midwest, from 8.7% to 7.3% in the South, and from 9.1% to 5.9% in the West.

In both 2012 and 2017, persons of all ages living in the Northeast were the least likely to delay medical care because of worry about the cost.

SOURCE: Summary Health Statistics for the U.S. Population, National Health Interview Survey, 2012. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/ sr_10/sr10_259.pdfpdf icon.

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6818a5.htm

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