Delayed medical care is a national problem that most emergency room doctors are all too familiar with. 

Although recent polls have suggested that the number of people avoiding medical care due to cost has declined as more have gained insurance through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a new survey of emergency room physicians suggests that many who have insurance are still avoiding care because of their insurance plan's high out-of-pocket costs

The poll of 1,433 ER doctors by the American Academy of Emergency Physicians found that 70 percent of ER doctors reported treating patients who have health insurance but have forgone necessary medical care due to cost. 

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