West Health Report

Colorado's Healthcare Cost Crisis Exposed

Over 1.6 Million Colorado Families Didn’t Seek Treatment Last Year Due to Cost


Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, over 1.6 million Colorado families did not seek treatment sometime in the last year for a health problem due to the cost of care, according to a new report from nonprofit and nonpartisan West Health and Global Strategy Group. 

The report on the healthcare cost crisis and its consequences is based on a survey of 600 adults conducted Aug. 20–30, 2020

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  • 1,664,102 Colorado families did not seek treatment for a health problem last year due to cost of care.
  • 1,079,418 could not pay for drugs or medicine that a doctor prescribed.

3 in 4 Colorado families report healthcare costs are going up.

Over half of Coloradans prefer a public official who will prioritize bringing down healthcare costs over lowering taxes or reducing regulations.

Nearly 675,000 Coloradans had a friend or family member who died in the past 5 years because they couldn’t afford medical treatment.