CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati has released results from the 2010 Greater Cincinnati Community Healthy Status Survey. The survey shows that 16 percent of adults said someone in their household went without doctor's care or prescription medication (14 percent) in the last year because the household needed money to buy food or clothing or pay for housing.
The Health Foundation says while the percentage of people who went without a prescription increased consistently over time, the percentage of people who went without a doctor's care increased almost three-fold since the last survey, which was conducted in 2005.
The survey also reported that one in four adults reported having problems paying or being unable to pay for medical bills.
Only about 1 in 20 Greater Cincinnati adults ages 65 and older reported a member of their household went without a doctor's care or prescription medication in the last year because of cost. This compares to about 1 in 6 adults ages 18–64.
"It is interesting to note that Greater Cincinnati adults ages 65 and older were much less likely to report going without care," says Jennifer Chubinski, director of community research for the Health Foundation. "It is clear that Medicare coverage has made a difference with this age group."
Nearly half of Greater Cincinnati adults who are uninsured (47 percent) reported that they had problems paying or were unable to pay medical bills, compared to 20 percent of insured adults.
More information about the survey is available by clicking here.