More than 13% of Americans — about 34 million people — say a friend or family member recently passed away in the last five years after being unable to afford treatment for a condition, according to a new Gallup poll. The survey, conducted in September among nearly 1,100 people in 50 states, doesn’t confirm that a lack of care directly caused the deaths. But its findings suggest the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs and necessary care are keeping US adults from addressing health issues. One-quarter of those who responded to the survey said they couldn’t afford prescribed medication at one point in the last year. Women were almost 10% more likely to report cost as a barrier.

 

The US remains an outlier when it comes to health care expenditures. American health care spending is two times higher than that of other developed nations. And for many Americans, exorbitant costs aren’t worth potentially life-saving treatment. Nearly half of those interviewed said they’d need to use a credit card or a loan to pay for their medical bills because they were not even insured. But overwhelming majorities — 85% — of US adults support legislation to lower prescription drug costs at the expense of the pharmaceutical industry, regardless of income level, education and employment status.

 

On iMiMatch, every user, especially the sick ones feel the impact of the expensive health bills. But the weight is not as heavy on them as on those who are not on iMiMatch. This is because on iMiMatch, users jointly create crowd funding campaigns and even put in place other means through which they can contribute money to help pay for the health bills of those who can’t afford them. If users on iMiMatch were left to cater for these expensive bills individually, then, most of them would maybe stay at home. But the communion and harmony on iMiMatch helps them to follow up their treatment and stay alive. Being a member of a community such as iMiMatch could help you deal with your exorbitant bills easily.