"For Americans with serious chronic illness, access to medical care is quite bad, both absolutely and in comparison to other developed nations," she said.
It's hardly surprising that costs prevented 82 percent of uninsured American patients from getting needed drugs, treatments or doctor visits, Woolhandler said. "What is surprising is that nearly half (43 percent) of insured patients also reported access problems, a higher rate than in any of the other seven countries, all of which spend less than we do and have universal national health insurance."
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