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Health care access, affordability among adults with self-reported post–COVID-19 condition

JAMA Network Open

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JAMA Network

About The Study: In this survey study of 9,400 adults ages 18 to 64, a higher rate of respondents with self-reported post–COVID-19 condition (PCC; also known as long COVID) did not obtain needed health care in the past year because of cost compared with adults without PCC. Adults with PCC were also more likely to have unmet needs because of difficulties getting timely appointments or health plan authorization, among other challenges with health care institutions or health insurance. These findings suggest that improved health care access for adults with PCC may require developing clinical protocols and addressing insurance-related barriers. 

Authors: Michael Karpman, M.P.P., of the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., is the corresponding author. 

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