Health Populi’s Hot Points: Looking into the second quarter of 2009, at least 25% of Americans would delay or cancel an elective surgical procedure. Over 15% of people expect to postpone or cancel a visit to a doctor, a diagnostic test, and/or therapy.
The one category of health service that virtually no American would postpone is care for a child.
While people who are unemployed face the hardest time paying for health care, the first chart illustrates an important point that is not intuitive: people at even the highest income category of $100K and up expect to postpone visits to physicians. This statistic demonstrates the underlying high level of anxiety in American households related to both economic security and health insurance security.