(Washington, DC) — People in countries with universal healthcare have not had to make all the same sacrifices as Americans during the global recession. A study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds people in the U.S. have had to cut back on medical care much more than people in Britain, Canada, France or Germany.
Surveys conducted in all five countries found that more than 26 percent of Americans reported reducing their use of routine healthcare since the economic crisis began in 2007. That’s compared to just 12 percent in France, around ten percent in Germany, just under eight percent in Britain and just over five percent in Canada.
Researchers found a correlation between healthcare reductions and the size of the co-payments people in each country are expected to pay out-of-pocket.