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US workers without paid sick leave are more likely to forgo care, study finds

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 10 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1470
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

Workers in the United States with no paid sick leave are three times more likely to forgo care for themselves than workers with paid sick leave benefits, a study has found,1 and they are also more likely to forgo care for family members.

Of 22 nations ranked highly in terms of economic development by the United Nations’ Human Development Index, the US is the only country that does not mandate employers to provide paid sick leave. As a result, only 70% of full time employees in the private …

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