21% of Americans skipped dental care in 2022: Report

Twenty-one percent of Americans skipped visiting the dentist in 2022, according to a May Federal Reserve report.

The Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking was conducted from Oct. 21 to Nov. 1, 2022, and had 11,775 respondents. The report found that 28 percent of adults went without some form of medical care in 2022 because they could not afford it. 

Those without health insurance were more likely to skip medical treatment because of costs, the report found. In 2022, 91 percent of adults had health insurance. Of those without insurance, 42 percent went without medical treatment, compared to 26 percent among the insured.

Here are the five most skipped forms of medical treatment in 2022: 

1. Dental care: 21 percent

2. Physician or specialist visit: 16 percent

3. Prescription medication: 10 percent

4. Follow-up care: 10 percent

5. Mental healthcare: 10 percent

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