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New Research Finds Recession Has Greater Impact on Health of Parents Than Children
Date:5/18/2009

Parents prioritize children's health over their own, while most Americans agree both are equally important

RIDGEFIELD, Conn., May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The economic downturn has contributed to poorer overall family health and increased concerns among parents about losing their access to healthcare. Two-thirds of Americans (66 percent) believe it is equally important for parents to take care of their health and their children's health. However, American parents rank their own healthcare fourth (6 percent) on a list of top priorities - below their children's healthcare (54 percent), housing (25 percent) and food and groceries (11 percent).

Significantly more parents say the economic downturn has affected their own health and wellness compared to that of their children (57 percent vs. 41 percent). Despite this, a majority of Americans (50 percent) are concerned or worried about their ability to afford the healthcare they or their families need in the current economic downturn.

In fact, fewer than half (45 percent) of Americans say they have health insurance that generally meets their needs and is reasonably affordable given their current financial situation. The findings offer further perspective on recent reports from the National Association of Community Health Centers that 60 million people in the United States lack access to basic medical care.

The survey of 2,186 American adults was commissioned by Boehringer Ingelheim to evaluate Americans' views and concerns about healthcare access.

"As a family company, Boehringer Ingelheim is committed to improving the health of patients and their families, and these survey findings underscore the importance of expanding healthcare options for every generation," said J. Martin Carroll, president and CEO, Boehringer Ingelheim. "We are committed at all levels to partnering with community organizations to improve health and wellness for those
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