According to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), a research group, about half of US adults say they are struggling to pay for their healthcare costs, while about four in 10 have delayed or avoided medical care altogether in the past year .
Suffering Americans complain of everything from broken molars to swollen gums and grinding their teeth so hard they chew through mouthguards — and can’t afford to fix their ailments.
disabled vest Virginia Resident Charles Combs was in so much pain that he used a hammer to pull out his own rotten teeth because he couldn’t afford another $400 dental bill, according to a local news source The lever.
Americans are grappling with 9.1 percent inflation and rising food and gas bills. Medical costs have yet to catch up, but research suggests this is only a temporary respite and they will catch up soon.
More than a third of respondents said they have skipped or postponed dental visits to save money – increasing the likelihood of dental problems
Volunteer dentists treat low-income patients for free in Virginia’s Appalachian Coal Country region. Americans complain of toothaches and abscesses that they can’t afford to treat amid rising prices and economic uncertainty
Leah Gilliam, a doctor who treats uninsured patients in Lexington, Tennessee, told DailyMail.com about locals who showed up with a toothache and asked for antibiotics, which could prevent the need for a costly visit to the dentist.
“This is rural west Tennessee, and it’s a small community, even in good times we have higher levels of poverty than other communities,” Gilliam said.
“Inflation and higher gas prices hit people here harder than in other communities. These people had problems before those problems arose, and they certainly haven’t gotten any better.’
There is only so much Gilliam can do for her low-income patients. A course of antibiotics can relieve mouth infections in the short term, but they often flare up again later.
“You can be okay for a couple of weeks, two months, but if the underlying problem — the dental problem, the chipped tooth, whatever the problem is — isn’t addressed, it inevitably comes back,” she said.
Dozens of social media users have complained over the past few days about a toothache they can’t afford to treat.
One user described a molar that was “split right in half,” causing swelling and “extreme pain.” Another said she couldn’t afford Botox injections in her jaw to stop the teeth grinding that’s causing “headaches and toothaches.”
Another described dental problems so bad her mouth felt like a bunch of “rotting marshmallows.”
According to the KFF, 35 percent of US citizens missed or postponed a visit to the dentist last year for cost reasons. A quarter missed eye tests or treatments and 24 percent missed a doctor’s visit.
The same applies to the purchase of medicines. About a quarter of adults said they or a member of their household had not filled a prescription, cut their pills in half, or skipped medication to save money in the past year.
A YouGov opinion poll of 1,500 people conducted over the past weekend yielded even clearer results – 42 percent said they did not fill out a prescription due to cost concerns.
The poll also found that 62 percent of Americans wanted the federal government to work with private insurance companies to reduce prescription drug costs, while 17 percent opposed the idea. Democrats are pushing for such a plan in Congress.
Researchers found that 62 percent of Americans wanted the federal government to work with private insurance companies to reduce prescription drug costs
While inflation is at its highest since the 1980s, healthcare costs are rising at a slower pace, according to tracking data from the Peterson Center on Healthcare and KFF, which showed medical sector inflation at 3.2 percent last month.
Still, the “relatively high rate of inflation seen in the rest of the economy could ultimately lead to higher medical prices” and “steeper premium increases in the coming years,” the group warned in its report to learn.
US inflation rose to 9.1 percent in June, the highest since 1981 and better than economists had forecast
Dentist Rana Stino examines patient Holly Brown at a Chicago clinic earlier this year. More than a third of Americans forgo such visits as inflation wipes out some of their savings