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Finances, Economy Push Americans To Cut Health Care

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Finances push Americans to cut health care

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Wednesday found that more than half of Americans cut back on some kind of health care to save money in the past year, the Associated Press reported.

One in four put off general health care needs, including 16 percent who postponed surgery or doctor visits for chronic illnesses. To care for themselves, respondents said they relied instead on home remedies or over-the-counter drugs rather than seeing a doctor or a dentist.

Other findings in the poll, conducted by telephone with 1,204 adults from Feb. 3-12:

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* Overall, 53 percent of Americans cut back on health needs in the past 12 months because of the declining economy.

* 10 percent delayed seeing a doctor for a chronic illness like diabetes or asthma.

* 6 percent postponed minor surgery in the doctor's office, while 5 percent delayed major surgery that would have required an overnight hospital stay.

* 19 percent skipped a doctor's visit for temporary illness or preventive care.