Between 2009 and 2010, nearly 7% of Americans were skipping on medical care because of the cost. Today, though, that number is down to 4.4%, according to the National Health Interview Survey. This means that fewer Americans are choosing to not get medical treatment because they cannot afford it.
While there are no direct correlations, the cut in percentage coincides with the Affordable Care Act, as well as a generally recovering economy.
This is great news for hospitals and care providers, and further illustrates the need to have excellent patient self-pay procedures in place. You can read more about the survey here.