Newsweek: One in Seven Adults Would Avoid Coronavirus Treatment Due to Cost, Poll Finds

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April 30, 2020

By Jason Lemon, Senior Reporter | Thursday, April 30, 2020

One in seven adults in the U.S. would avoid seeking healthcare if they had a dry cough and a fever–well-documented symptoms of COVID-19–due to concerns over the high cost of seeking medical assistance, new polling has shown.

The latest survey data from Gallup and West Health, which was published this week, showed that 14 percent of American adults would avoid seeking treatment for a fever and a dry cough over concern that they wouldn’t be able to pay for the care. Even when poll respondents were asked specifically if they’d seek healthcare if they believed they were infected with the novel coronavirus, 9 percent said they would avoid doing so due to the cost of treatment.


Timothy Lash
President, Gary and Mary West Foundation
President, West Health Institute
President & Chair, West Health Policy Center