Many in Missouri, Illinois Can’t Afford Health Care They Need

Fred Bodimer

PRINCETON, NJ (KMOX) –  Residents in both Missouri and Illinois do not have access to the level of health care they need, according to a new report.

A study conducted by the New Jersey-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation find that in 2010, 16% of adults in Illinois and nearly 17% in Missouri had unmet medical needs, most citing the cost of care as the primary reason.

That’s an increase of nearly eight percentage points in Illinois and 5% in Missouri compared to earlier findings.

Routine checkups decreased by 10% in Illinois and 11% in Missouri.

Dental visits: down eight percentage points to 66% in Illinois, down 3.6% to 61% in Missouri.

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