In a recent survey conducted by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, alternate care options seem to be increasing. As unemployment rates continue to rise, one in five Americans chose not to seek medical care for recent illnesses or injuries with the primary factor in this decision being revealed as high cost.
Paul Keckley, Ph D., executive director of the Deloitte Center for Health stated, As the burden of care continues to be shifted to the individual, and more Americans lose their jobs and their health insurance, we expect this trend will continue. It will be interesting to see what happens in 2014 when the individual mandates requiring Americans to purchase health insurance kick in. Will we see a significant spike in visits to the doctor as more Americans join the ranks of the insured?”
As we move forward to 2014, we will continue to see changes in direction for medical care and the consumer's decision. To read further on current alternative care options, click here.