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Umbrella and paper cutout figure As one might expect, the percentage of delayed care was highest among the lowest paid—among households earning less than $40,000 annually.

The highest percentage of Americans since Gallup started asking the question are letting serious medical conditions go without care, because they can’t afford it.

That’s according to a new Gallup report, which finds that 25 percent of respondents say they’ve foregone medical care because of the cost for a serious condition—up from 19 percent a year ago and reflecting a near-50 percent increase in that number since Gallup began asking about it in 2001. And that can have serious repercussions for the economy.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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