13% of Americans Know Someone Who Died Unable to Afford Treatment

More than 13 percent of Americans – about 34 million people – say a friend or family member passed away in the last five years after being unable to afford treatment for a condition, according to a new Gallup poll. The survey, conducted among 1,100 people in 50 states, doesn’t confirm that a lack of care directly caused the deaths. But its findings suggest the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs and necessary care are keeping U.S. adults from addressing health issues. An overwhelming majority – 85 percent – of U.S. adults support legislation to lower prescription drug costs at the expense of the pharmaceutical industry, regardless of income level, education, and employment status.