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dults who are currently uninsured or had a time uninsured reported that test results or records were not available at the time of a doctor's appointment, compared with 15% of insured adults. Nearly one-fifth (19%) of uninsured adults had duplicate tests ordered, compared with 10 percent of insured adults.

Other key survey findings include: · More than two of five (44%) of all working-age adults with medical debt reported it was $2,000 or more. · More than 4 of 5 (82%) uninsured adults had been uninsured for one year or more.

· 63% of working uninsured adults were solo business owners or were working for firms with fewer than 100 employees.

· More than half (51%) of uninsured adults reported medical debt or bill problems. Of those, nearly half (49%) used up all their savings to pay their bill, and two of five were unable to pay for basic necessities like food, heat, or rent because of medical bills.

· Only 35% of uninsured adults had a dental exam in the past year, half the rate of adults with medical insurance.

· Just 41% of uninsured adults had a regular doctor or other health care professional compared with 86% of insured adults.

· 37% of all working-age adults reported cost-related problems or delays in getting medical care. The uninsured are particularly vulnerable, with 60% reporting problems or delays in getting medical care.

Methodology The Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey was conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International from August 18, 2005 through January 5, 2006. The survey consisted of 25-minute telephone interviews in either English or Spanish and was conducted among a random, nationally representative sample of 4,350 adults age 19 and older living in the continental United States. This analysis focuses on the U.S. population ages 19 to 64. Source: Eureklert
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