Twenty-five percent of Americans say they had difficulty paying for health care in the past 12 months, with the baby boomer and Generation X age groups leading the way, according to a study published by Thomson Reuters.
The study, which tracks the impact of the recession on consumers' health-care behaviors, also found that baby boomers and Gen Xers are 3.5 times more likely to postpone care due to the cost than are older Americans.
Older Americans, who have the access to Medicare, are less affected by the economic downturn when it comes to health care, the study reports.
The analysis is based on a telephone survey of more than 3,000 households conducted from April 21 to May 3.
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