Fifty percent of low-income Americans reported skipping care in the past year because of the cost, compared to just 12% to 15% of adults with lower income in Germany, the U.K., Norway and France.

COVID-19 is having a greater health and economic impact on low-income Americans than on their counterparts in other wealthy nations.

The 2020 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey compared the health experiences of adults with lower income and income-related disparities across 11 countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Among the key findings:

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