LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Poll data released today by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Interact for Health show 2 in 10 Kentuckians delayed medical care because of costs in the past year.  This is down from 3 in 10 Kentucky adults in 2009.

KHIP highlights include:

  • Two in 10 (20%) said they or another member of their household needed medical care at some point over the past 12 months but they did not get care or delayed getting it because of cost;  in 2009, 32% reported delaying or skipping needed care due to cost.
  • Fewer uninsured adults reported delaying medical care because of costs in 2015 (27%) compared to 2014 (38%) and 2009 (58%).
  • Nearly 3 in 10 (28%) Kentucky adults reported that they or another family member in the household had problems paying medical bills in the past 12 months.
  • Insured adults (27%) and uninsured adults (31%) reported problems paying medical bills.

“Being able to access medical care and being able to afford that care are two important factors to improve health in Kentucky,” said Susan Zepeda, President/CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. “KHIP data indicate that fewer Kentucky adults are delaying medical care. This helps Kentuckians get and stay healthier, getting timely preventive services and early help with management of chronic conditions like diabetes and asthma and with smoking cessation counseling.”

Sponsored annually by Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, the Kentucky Health Issues Poll is a 1,600-household phone survey, polling Kentuckians for their views on key health policy issues likely to come before the legislature or local policymaking bodies. Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is a non-profit philanthropic organization whose mission is to address the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing health policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity.