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Compared to other developed nations, health care in the United States is expensive — prescriptions, MRIs, routine and emergency surgeries can cost more than triple the amount in the U.S. compared to other countries. In 2014, per capita health care costs in the U.S. totaled $9,024 — the average health care costs per person in other developed nations was $3,620.

With the high likelihood of costly medical bills, many Americans are forced to delay or completely put off going to the doctor, particularly for non-emergency situations. HealthGrove, a health data site by Graphiq, identified the metropolitan areas where the most people are struggling to afford medical care.


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To do this, the experts at HealthGrove collected and analyzed 2015 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System in which respondents were asked the question “Was there a time in the past 12 months when you needed to see a doctor in the past year but could not because of cost?” Metropolitan areas are ranked based on the percentage of people who answered “yes” to that question.

In the most extreme area, nearly one in five people reported avoiding the doctor due to cost, and the percentage is at least 10 percent in all 62 places. Most of these areas are in southern states including South Carolina, Louisiana and Mississippi. Considering health care costs may soon become even more expensive for certain Americans, it’s important to acknowledge which areas are already struggling.

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Note: BRFSS reports data for metropolitan statistical areas, which may span multiple states. The St. Louis City metro area, for example, consists of counties in both Missouri and Illinois, even though St. Louis is only in Missouri.

Population data is from the 2014 US Census Bureau.

62. Ogden-Clearfield, Utah

  • 10.04% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 632,293

61. Camden, N.J.

  • 10.06% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 6,051,170

60. College Station-Bryan, Texas

  • 10.11% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 242,905
(AP Photo/Juan DeLeon)

59. Grand Island, Neb.

  • 10.15% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 84,755

58. Oklahoma City, Okla.

  • 10.16% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 1,336,767

57. Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade, Calif.

  • 10.27% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 2,244,397

56. Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, S.C.

  • 10.27% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 203,022
(Flickr / lauripiper)

55. Albuquerque, N.M.

  • 10.4% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 904,587

54. Corpus Christi, Texas

  • 10.44% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 448,108

53. Louisville/Jefferson County, Ky.-Ind.

  • 10.63% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 1,269,702

52. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colo.

  • 10.63% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 2,754,258
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

51. Newark, N.J.-Pa.

  • 10.7% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 2,508,124

50. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz.

  • 10.71% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 4,489,109

49. St. Louis, Mo.-Ill.

  • 10.74% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 2,806,207

48. Memphis, Tenn.-Miss.-Ark.

  • 10.76% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 1,343,230

47. Springfield, Mass.

  • 10.81% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 629,100

46. Jacksonville, Fla.

  • 10.85% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 1,419,127

45. Reno, Nev.

  • 10.87% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 443,990

44. Anchorage, Alaska

  • 11% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 398,892

Mount McKinley provides a dramatic skyline on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in a view from Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska. North America's highest mountain, known as Denali in Alaska, is 133 miles north of Anchorage. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)

43. Tulsa, Okla.

  • 11.03% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 969,224

42. Wichita Falls, Texas

  • 11.13% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 151,536

41. Richmond, Va.

  • 11.14% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 1,260,029

40. Salt Lake City, Utah

  • 11.16% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 1,153,340
(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

39. Boise, Idaho

  • 11.19% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 664,422

38. Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Mich.

  • 11.27% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 1,027,703

37. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tenn.

  • 11.43% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 1,792,649

36. New York-Jersey City-White Plains, N.Y.-N.J.

  • 11.56% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 14,327,098
(Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

35. Dayton, Ohio

  • 11.91% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 800,836

34. Huntington-Ashland, W.Va.-Ky.-Ohio

  • 11.91% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 363,325

33. Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas

  • 11.95% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 4,604,097

32. Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Miss.

  • 12.04% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 386,144
(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

31. San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas

  • 12.08% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 2,328,652

30. Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, S.C.

  • 12.08% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 862,463

29. San Juan-Carolina-Caguas, P.R.

  • 12.15% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 2,242,285

28. Philadelphia, Pa.

  • 12.16% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 2,123,257
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

27. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga.

  • 12.25% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 5,614,323

26. Augusta-Richmond County, Ga.-S.C.

  • 12.42% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 583,632

25. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Fla.

  • 12.46% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 5,929,819

24. Charleston-North Charleston, S.C.

  • 12.48% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 727,689

23. Knoxville, Tenn.

  • 12.59% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 857,585

22. Columbia, S.C.

  • 12.66% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 800,495

21. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas

  • 12.69% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 6,490,180

20. Provo-Orem, Utah

  • 12.73% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 571,460
(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

19. Salina, Kan.

  • 12.82% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 61,820

18. Scottsbluff, Neb.

  • 12.93% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 38,532

17. Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.-Va.

  • 12.96% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 308,079

16. Tuscaloosa, Ala.

  • 13.16% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 237,761
(AP Photo/Dave Martin)

15. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif.

  • 13.17% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 13,262,220

14. Birmingham-Hoover, Ala.

  • 13.38% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 1,143,772

13. Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas

  • 13.42% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 2,350,233

12. Spartanburg, S.C.

  • 13.43% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 321,418
(Flickr / Jon Fravel)

11. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.

  • 13.47% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 4,441,890

10. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla.

  • 13.57% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 2,915,582

9. Charleston, W.Va.

  • 13.59% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 222,878

8. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla.

  • 13.81% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 2,321,418
(Gene Duncan/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

7. New Orleans-Metairie, La.

  • 13.85% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 1,251,849

6. Jackson, Miss.

  • 13.95% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 577,564

5. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, N.C.-S.C.

  • 14.77% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 2,380,314

4. Baton Rouge, La.

  • 15.04% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 825,478
(Flickr / Gary Jones)

3. Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, S.C.-N.C.

  • 15.78% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 417,668

2. Florence, S.C.

  • 15.91% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 207,030

1. El Paso, Texas

  • 19.66% of residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor the past year
    • Population: 836,698
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