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A third of young US adults lack health insurance

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 26 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1178
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. 1New York

    Nearly 13 million (30%) American adults aged between 20 and 29 years lacked health insurance in 2008, a new survey has found.

    Inability to pay prevented 10% of young adults from obtaining medical care they needed and 12% from collecting prescribed drugs they needed in the previous 12 months.

    The survey results, released by the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, show that young adults were twice as likely as adults aged 30-64 years to be uninsured (31% versus 17%). A quarter of young adults without insurance (21%) had unmet medical needs, four …

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