May 8th, 2012 – According to a new study, more adult Americans are skipping routine check ups than they were 10 years ago. The Wall Street Journal reports that 21% of adult Americans under the age 65 said they had an “unmet” health care need and 20% said they couldn’t get into a doctor’s office.
Many observers believe this could be attributed to people cutting back on care because of the weak economy.
However, with the landmark reforms included in “Healthcare Reform” most preventative care for children and adults is free, in-network, so there really isn’t much of an excuse to not get a physical for most people anymore.
Healthcare Reform or “Obamacare” is more correctly called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which was signed into law by President Obama on March 23rd, 2010.
In Colorado, it’s quite unusual to hear of people being unable to schedule an appointment with a doctor. Most doctors are still accepting new patients.
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