Ben Franklin on U.S. currency wearing mask Three in ten also report not taking their medicines as prescribed at some point in the past year because of the cost. (Photo: Shutterstock)

As 2021 quickly winds down, the pandemic continues to drag on – and so does the financial burden on American families. A new survey from KFF found that health care costs remain a top financial worry for many people.

Many U.S. adults have difficulty affording various health care and dental costs. These difficulties are comparable to — and in many cases, higher than — the number of people who have difficulty affording other household costs, such as rent, transportation and food. Specifically, nearly half report having difficulty paying for dental care, and a similar number of insured adults report difficulty affording out-of-pocket costs not covered by their insurance (46%). One-third cite difficulty paying for hearing or vision care, while about one-quarter say the same about their prescription drugs. Among the insured, about one-quarter say their monthly premium is hard to afford.

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