YORK, Pa. â€” Local healthcare centers likeÂ Family First HealthÂ say they are seeing fewer patients coming in to get check-ups.
â€œTheir child had an acute issue, they were sick, and they werenâ€™t able to come in for care because they believed that they had to pay the bill and they didnâ€™t have the money to pay the bill,” said Casey Fogle, Community Health Program Manager at Family First Health.
Inflation has caused prices to skyrocket and that has left many families having to choose whether it is worth stopping by the doctorâ€™s office.
â€œWe do have some families that are hesitant to come in due to cost of healthcare,” said Fogle.
A GallupÂ studyÂ shows four in 10 Americans in the past six months have delayed or skipped healthcare treatments due to the cost.
â€œPeople need to make a decision about putting food on the table, are they paying utility bill. If they have to come say, for a medical appointment, that makes them to take off work, which will be a decrease in income perhaps,” said Fogle.
Experts say skipping on your doctorâ€™s appointment can have a detrimental impact on your health.
â€œThey can get sicker right, and that could have them end up in the emergency department,” said Fogle.
They want families to know that there are affordable options available for people who cannot afford to get care.
â€œWeâ€™re fortunate to have our slight fee scale, which is a discount on care for anyone. we see everyone regardless on their ability to pay, regardless of if they have insurance or not,â€ Fogle explained.
The study by Gallop also showed that overall, 26% of adults reported delaying or avoiding medical care or purchasing prescription drugs in the prior six months due to higher healthcare prices.