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Americans are forgoing medical attention in the face of high health-care costs, a new consumer health survey has found.

Specifically, 24 percent of people polled in the 2009 Deloitte Survey of Health Care Consumers decided not to seek medical care when they were sick or injured.

The largest subgroups were those who were uninsured (36 percent), and those between ages 28 and 44, referred to as "Gen Y" respondents in the survey (37 percent).

Two-fifths of the people who didn't see a doctor when they needed one did so because of the high cost of care.

They either didn't have medical insurance coverage or they perceived the cost of such care to be excessive, according to the survey, which was released early Tuesday to CNN by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, a nonpartisan, independent research center. Read full article »

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