About 10% of U.S. residents say they plan to put off getting care for bunions, sleeping disorders, back pain and other conditions that seem to be “discretionary” in coming year.
Researchers at Aetna Inc., Hartford, have reported that finding in a summary of results from a Web-based survey of 290 insured adults.
About 48% of the participants in households with children said they have delayed getting non-urgent care to save money, compared with 22% of the participants in households without children.
The researchers also found that 32% of participants in households with children have asked about the specific cost of a service before receiving it, compared with 16% of the participants in households without children.
Although 94% of the participants agreed that preventive care can reduce overall health care costs, many reported they are not using plan preventive care benefits, such as coverage for mammograms and Pap smears.
Aetna sponsored the survey in connection with efforts to set up a new health consumer Web site, at Document Link
The site offers health information, information about health discount programs, and information about finding health benefits after a layoff.