High Cost a Barrier to Better Health Care for Many Missourians

Fred Bodimer

ATLANTA, Ga. (KMOX) –  The CDC finds a lot of Missourians have reduced access to medical and dental care due to cost factors. 

Between 2002 and 2009, Missouri has seen the percentage of people not getting adequate care practically double in every category.

Nearly 13% of Missourians say the didn’t get or delayed medical care due to cost.

10% to 11% say they skipped some prescription drugs for the same reason, while more than 14%  say they didn’t get the dental care they needed because the couldn’t afford it. 

In all three cases, Missouri was higher than the national average.

Illinois, meanwhile, was lower than the national average in all three categories.

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