QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Percentage* of Adults Aged 25–64 Years Who Are Very Worried About Their Ability to Pay Medical Bills if They Get Sick or Have an Accident,† by Sex and Veteran Status — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2019§
Weekly / April 16, 2021 / 70(15);574
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* Percentages are age-adjusted using the projected 2000 U.S. population as the standard population using age groups 25–34, 35–49, and 50–64 years; 95% confidence intervals indicated by error bars.
† Based on a response of “very worried” to a question asking, “If you get sick or have an accident, how worried are you that you will be able to pay your medical bills? Are you very worried, somewhat worried, or not at all worried?”
§ Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population.
In 2019, among adults aged 25–64 years, veterans (11.5%) were less likely than nonveterans (20.1%) to be very worried about their ability to pay their medical bills if they get sick or have an accident. This pattern was found for both men and women, with veterans less likely than nonveterans to be very worried about medical bills: 11.4% versus 17.5% for men and 12.5% versus 22.4% for women, respectively.
Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey, 2019 data. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm
Reported by: Robin A. Cohen, PhD, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-458-4152; Peter Boersma, MPH.
Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Percentage of Adults Aged 25–64 Years Who Are Very Worried About Their Ability to Pay Medical Bills if They Get Sick or Have an Accident, by Sex and Veteran Status — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2019. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2021;70:574. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm7015a8external icon.
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