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Lately, Obamacare health program has been in the middle of fierce discussion. Skeptics believed that his program will contribute to a rationing health system. However, Commonwealth Fund conducted a survey proving the opposite. The number of delaying medical care has decreased.
Even though, Obama’s health care program has raised many questions from the beginning, not it has proved to be a complete success. The Commonwealth Fund’s survey has showed that the delay of medical care due to high prices has decreased by 14 million people.
The highest number of health delays has been register in 2012. The Commonwealth Fund noted that Americans between 19 years to 64 years were not paying their doctor’s visit because the price would be too steep for their pockets. However, the situation had a complete turnover last year. More and more people began to trust the health care system and adhere to it.
Even if Obamacare projects bring along high deductibles and higher costs, recent surveys have shown that the insurance coverage rate has increased. The main cause of that is the support of the Affordable Care Act. This data also presents a lowering of financial barriers regarding care systems.
The initial survey by Commonwealth Fund was realized in the final quarter of last year. A group of 4,251 adults participated in the survey. Its findings differ from the ones published by Gallup.
Gallup’s results showed that almost one third of the participants delayed their medical treatment because of high prices. The difference in numbers between the two studies, that of Commonwealth and Gallup’s one consisted of a slighted different range of people. Besides the standard age range, Gallup’s surveys also interviewed people who aged more than 65 years old. This particular category of people is eligible for Medicare. This group was not taken into consideration by Commonwealth Fund.
Even if more than 66 million Americans still delay their medical bills, a significant increase has been seen in those who pay their health care.
Nevertheless, the Affordable Care Act did not act on any of the cost problems regarding health care systems in the U.S.
The rate of uninsured people was double in comparison with those having health insurance. The positive aspect of this whole story is that the 28 percent of the insured Americans said that without that insurance they could not have afforded the necessary health care they needed.
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