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Coronavirus Concerns Led More Than 1 in 10 Nonelderly Adults to Delay or Forgo Health Care in Spring 2021

08.2021 / By Urban Institute

This brief examines how some adults have gone without needed health care during the COVID-19 pandemic over concerns about being exposed to the novel coronavirus in hospitals, doctor’s and dentist’s offices, and other health care settings. Data from the Urban Institute’s April 2021 Health Reform Monitoring Survey show that 1 in 4 nonelderly adults (24.9 percent) reported delaying or forgoing care for this reason in the past 12 months. Adults with chronic health conditions were more likely than those without health conditions to report delayed or forgone care. Unmet health care needs can adversely affect health and other daily activities and could potentially worsen chronic health conditions among adults who have them.