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Study: Over 80M people can't afford medical services

Survey finds more people are skipping needed medical care because of the cost. (Source: CNN) Survey finds more people are skipping needed medical care because of the cost. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) – A new study found a growing number of Americans are skipping needed medical care because they can't afford it.

The Commonwealth Fund Survey found 80 million people didn't go to the doctor or access other medical services last year because of the cost.

That's five million more than two years ago and 17 million more than in 2003.

Those who were uninsured or had inadequate health insurance were most likely to have trouble affording care.

The numbers are expected to improve as more health care reform provisions take effect in 2014.

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