Table A.1: Difficulty Paying Health Care Costs by Socioeconomic and Health Status
  Total Gender Income Race/Ethnicity Health Status
Men Women <$40K $40K-$89.9K $90K+ White Black Hisp. Has a serious medical condition Does not have a serious medical condition
Percent who say it is “very” or “somewhat” difficult for them to afford to pay for each of the following: (October 2021)
Dental care 46% 41% 50% 59% 50% 22% 43% 50% 60% 53% 42%
Out of pocket costs for medical care not covered by their insurance* 46% 41% 52% 61% 48% 29% 44% 55% 52% 54% 42%
Hearing or vision care, including office visits, hearing aids or eyeglasses 33% 28% 38% 45% 36% 13% 31% 33% 45% 42% 29%
Their rent or mortgage 33% 27% 37% 46% 32% 15% 27% 44% 48% 34% 32%
Their monthly utilities like electricity or heat 30% 23% 37% 47% 27% 11% 24% 42% 48% 35% 28%
Gasoline or other transportation costs 30% 22% 37% 45% 28% 9% 24% 50% 38% 35% 27%
The cost of health insurance each month* 27% 22% 31% 33% 31% 14% 24% 34% 34% 32% 24%
Prescription drugs 26% 23% 29% 35% 27% 10% 22% 33% 42% 31% 23%
Food 25% 20% 30% 40% 23% 7% 21% 42% 34% 31% 23%
NOTE: *Among insured adults.
Table A.2: Postponing or Delaying Care Because of Costs by Socioeconomic and Health Status
  Total Gender Income Race/Ethnicity Health Status
Men Women <$40K $40K-$89.9K $90K+ White Black Hisp. Has a serious medical condition Does not have a serious medical condition
Percent who say that in the past year they skipped or delayed each of the following due to cost: (October 2021)
Dental services 39% 36% 42% 50% 40% 22% 35% 50% 47% 46% 36%
Vision services (including eyeglasses) 28% 23% 33% 38% 30% 12% 27% 34% 33% 33% 26%
A visit to a doctor’s office 24% 21% 26% 30% 26% 11% 21% 22% 36% 19% 26%
Mental health care 17% 13% 20% 20% 19% 8% 15% 15% 23% 14% 18%
Hospital services 13% 12% 14% 18% 13% 6% 9% 20% 21% 13% 13%
Hearing services, including hearing aids 9% 9% 9% 13% 9% 2% 9% 5% 9% 17% 5%
Percent who did any of the above 51% 46% 57% 63% 55% 31% 49% 58% 58% 56% 49%
Americans’ Challenges with Health Care Costs – Findings – 9316-02

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Headquarters: 185 Berry St., Suite 2000, San Francisco, CA 94107 | Phone 650-854-9400
Washington Offices and Barbara Jordan Conference Center: 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 | Phone 202-347-5270

www.kff.org | Email Alerts: kff.org/email | facebook.com/KaiserFamilyFoundation | twitter.com/kff

Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues, the Kaiser Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California.