A survey of 12,000 Americans released last week found that about 20 percent of Americans have skipped medical care. About the same percentage thought they would have a difficult time paying for medical care in the future. However, only about 8 percent of those surveyed indicated skipping some form of medical imaging. More than half said they skipped a doctor’s visit.
Does that mean that Americans value medical imaging over a visit to their primary care doctor? That would be hard to determine from this one study. But it is something to think about.
The College is interested in knowing what you think.
- Has your practice or hospital experienced any effects from the economy?
- Or, have patients cancelled any imaging studies due to costs?
I look forward to hearing your thoughts.