One-Third of U.S. Adults Delayed or Skipped Health Care During Pandemic

More than one in three nonelderly adults reported delaying or forgoing at least one type of health care service because of concerns about being exposed to the coronavirus or because a provider limited services during the pandemic, according to an Urban Institute study. Rates of delayed or forgone care were particularly high among adults with mental health conditions. Dental care was the most common type of health care adults chose to postpone or skip. The study also suggested that almost 33% of the adults who delayed or went without care reported a negative effect on their health, ability to work or ability to perform other daily activities.

SOURCE: “Delayed and Forgone Health Care for Nonelderly Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Urban Institute, February 2021. Visit

Jinghong Chen

Jinghong Chen Reporter

Jinghong produces infographics and data stories on health insurance and specialty pharmacy for AIS Health. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting. Before joining AIS in 2018, she worked at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese.

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