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Majority of people unable to pay their medical bills skip medical care

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New Rochelle, NY, April 28, 2015-Difficulty paying medical bills is an important predictor of the likelihood that a person will forego medical and prescription drug care and can add to the impact of lack of health insurance and other factors such as income, education level, and health status, according to an article in Population Health Management, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Population Health Management website until May 28, 2015.

In "Associations Between Difficulty Paying Medical Bills and Forgone Medical and Prescription Drug Care," Kristin Baughman, PhD and coauthors, Northeast Ohio Medical University (Rootstown), Kent State University (Kent, OH), Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (Cleveland, OH), and Duke University School of Medicine (Durham, NC), examine several variables that could be made worse by unaffordable medical expenses, leading a person not to seek needed medical attention. These relationships can become cyclical, as foregone medical care can negatively impact a person's health, which could affect their employment status and financial resources.

"Once again we have solid research evidence that supports the notion that access to medical care is a vital step toward well being," says Editor-in-Chief David B. Nash, MD, MBA, Dean and Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor, Jefferson School of Population Health, Philadelphia, PA.

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Population Health Management is an authoritative peer-reviewed journal published bimonthly in print and online that reflects the expanding scope of health care management and quality. The Journal delivers a comprehensive, integrated approach to the field of population health and provides information designed to improve the systems and policies that affect health care quality, access, and outcomes. Comprised of peer-reviewed original research papers, clinical research, and case studies, the content encompasses a broad range of chronic diseases (such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic pain, diabetes, depression, and obesity) in addition to focusing on various aspects of prevention and wellness. Tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed on the Population Health Management website. Population Health Management is the official journal of the Population Health Alliance.

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Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research, including Journal of Women's Health, LGBT Health, Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics, and Telemedicine and e-Health. Its biotechnology trade magazine, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), was the first in its field and is today the industry's most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm's 80 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers website.

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