Financial Burdens More Likely Among Patients With Functional Limitations and Chronic Conditions: AHRQ Study
A recent AHRQ study found that patients are more likely to face financial burdens if they have functional limitations – meaning they need assistance with activities of daily living – and chronic conditions. Patients with financial burdens are those whose medical spending exceeds 20 percent of family income. Researchers used data from AHRQ’s Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to examine financial burdens among adults ages 19 to 64. They found that, among single adults, financial burdens were more common for those with functional limitations (20 percent) than those without (8 percent). Moreover, among those with functional limitations, those with three or more chronic conditions were twice as likely to have high financial burdens (22 percent) compared with those without chronic conditions (11 percent). Functional limitations and chronic conditions were also strongly associated with financial barriers to care (delaying care or being unable to get care for financial reasons). The authors asserted that functional limitations should not be treated as another chronic condition but instead be used as a separate measure in analyzing health care burdens. The study, “Financial Burdens and Barriers to Care Among Nonelderly Adults: The Role of Functional Limitations and Chronic Conditions,” andabstract appeared in Disability and Health Journal.
Disabil Health J. 2015 Oct 14. pii: S1936-6574(15)00157-0. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2015.09.003. [Epub ahead of print]
Financial burdens and barriers to care among nonelderly adults: The role of functional limitations and chronicconditions.
Published by Elsevier Inc.
Chronic conditions; Financial barriers to care; Financial burdens; Functional limitations
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