Mental healthcare is the 3rd most skipped medical service

In 2022, 28 percent of American adults went without some form of medical care because they could not afford it, and 10 percent skipped mental healthcare for the same reason, a Federal Reserve report released in May found.

The Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking was conducted from Oct. 21 to Nov. 1 with 11,775 responses. The report found 23 percent of adults had major, unexpected medical expenses, with the median amount between $1,000 and $1,999, and 16 percent of adults had medical care debt, though not necessarily accrued in the past year.

The following were the top five medical services Americans did not undergo due to cost:

Note: Survey participants could vote for more than one option.

1. Dental care: 21 percent

2. Physician or specialist visit: 16 percent

3. Prescription medication: 10 percent

3. Follow-up care: 10 percent

3. Mental healthcare: 10 percent

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