Columbia University Medical Center
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
October 23, 2008

A CBS News report shares some dismal facts about the consequences of our ailing economy. Thirty-six percent of Americans are delaying care - a big jump from six months ago. About 30 per cent skip a test or treatment; 27 percent don't fill a prescription. Health care economists warn that skimping on even minor illness can have serious consequences.

"When people cut back on preventive care on the monitoring and care of chronic illnesses, they are really cutting back on their own lives, on the health and quality of their lives in the long run," said Dr. Sherry Glied of Columbia University.

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