Survey: Families delaying health care due to cost

    The New Jersey for Health Care Coalition says 77% of families without health insurance are delaying needed medical care because of cost.

    A survey of hundreds of New Jersey families finds more of them are having difficulty affording health care coverage.

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    The New Jersey for Health Care Coalition says 77% of families without health insurance are delaying needed medical care because of cost.

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    Reverend Bruce Davidson, Director of the Lutheran Governmental Ministry of New Jersey, says one of his parishioners died of an infection from a leg injury because he could not afford treatment.

    Davidson: It’s time for us to use our resources to make sure that people that need medical treatment that will keep them alive have access to that treatment. This is a matter of justice but more than that it’s a matter of life and death.

    The coalition is urging that health care reform include a way to measure affordability to ensure families do not have to pay more for medical treatment than they can afford.

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