Poll: 30 percent delay costly medical treatment

Thirty percent of adults say they or a family member had to put off medical treatment in the last year because it was too expensive, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.

Breaking down those numbers more, nearly 60 percent of uninsured people, the poll indicates, say they have put off medical treatment.

Meanwhile, less than a quarter of people enrolled in the government programs — Medicare and Medicaid — told Gallup they have delayed treatments. A quarter of those who have private insurance said the same.


Young people are significantly more likely to put off medical care than higher-income and older people, Gallup reports.

Millennials, or 18- to 29-year-olds, have expressed their disapproval of the law in recent polls. A poll released by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics last week revealed that less than one-third of uninsured young people said they planned to enroll in coverage.

This comes as the deadline to enroll in ObamaCare, Dec. 23, inches closer. People must sign up by that date in order to begin receiving healthcare coverage on Jan. 1.

Uninsured people must enroll in a plan by the end of March 2014; otherwise they will face a tax penalty.