West Health and Consumers for Affordable Care

Maine’s Healthcare Cost Crisis Exposed

197,196 Maine Families Didn’t Seek Treatment Last Year Due to Cost


Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly two hundred thousand Maine 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 Consumers for Affordable Care in association with 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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197,196 Maine families did not seek treatment for a health problem last year due to cost of care.

219,107 could not pay for drugs or medicine that a doctor prescribed.

4 in 5 Maine families report healthcare costs are going up.

A majority (57%) of Mainers prefer a public official who will prioritize bringing down healthcare costs over lowering taxes or reducing regulations.

Over 109,550 Mainers had a friend or family member who died in the past 5 years because they couldn’t afford medical treatment.