QuickStats: Percentage* of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Had an Unmet Mental Health Care Need Because of Cost in the Past 12 Months,† by Age Group and Sex — National Health Interview Survey, United States 2019§
Weekly / October 30, 2020 / 69(43);1612
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* With 95% confidence intervals shown with error bars.
† Adults were considered to have an unmet mental health care need because of cost if they reported delaying getting counseling or therapy or needing but not getting counseling or therapy because of cost in the past 12 months.
§ Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population and are shown for sample adults aged ≥18 years.
In 2019, 5.3% of adults aged ≥18 years had an unmet mental health care need because of cost in the past 12 months. Women (7.2%) were more likely than men (3.3%) to have an unmet mental health care need because of cost, regardless of age group. The percentage of men with an unmet mental health care need decreased with age, from 5.1% among those aged 18–44 years to 0.8% among those aged ≥65 years. Similarly, the percentage among women decreased with age, from 10.3% among those aged 18–44 years to 2.1% among those aged ≥65 years.
Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey, 2019. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.
Reported by: Emily P. Terlizzi, MPH, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-458-4991; Benjamin Zablotsky, PhD.
Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Had an Unmet Mental Health Care Need Because of Cost in the Past 12 Months, by Age Group and Sex — National Health Interview Survey, United States 2019. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2020;69:1612. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6943a8external icon.
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