Health care consumers feeling economic sting

Inflation is changing the way we eat, shop and spend our leisure time. And the cost spiral is influencing how Americans weigh health care against other necessities.

The big picture: During the pandemic, Americans aged 50 to 64 said they’ve been skipping medications, cutting back on food and utilities to cover their medical needs. And they’re increasingly worried about covering their future bills, according to newly released Gallup polling.

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Healthcare costs are forcing Americans to make tough financial decisions. Get the data.