Data highlight

Oklahoma ranks 47th for the percentage of women who were unable to  see a doctor due to cost. Texas reported the highest rate at 17.5%, while Hawaii reported 5.1%. 

HOW WE STACK UP

The percent of women who reported avoiding seeing a doctor within the last 12 months due to cost concerns in 2022.

0 %
Oklahoma
0 %
USA

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Definition

This indicator is a reflection of women who reported they were unable to see a doctor due to cost, despite their insurance status. 

What is covered and the out of pocket expenses associated with healthcare coverage varies widely. A woman with a “catastrophic plan” or high deductible plan is counted as insured but may not seek routine care due to out of pocket costs.

Why we care

It is unsurprising that Oklahoma has a high percentage of women who avoid a doctor due to cost and a high uninsured rate amongst women. 

Many of the same states occupy these positions in the rankings. These figures also point to Oklahoma scoring 49th on the number of residents with medical debt (this data was reported in 2021). Due to higher premiums, deductibles, and out-of-pocket expenses, medical debt is growing even amongst insured people. 

Most women nationally, 60%, receive health insurance through their employer. However, the out-of-pocket costs associated with employer-sponsored insurance have increased over the last decade. Despite coverage, 3.9% of women indicated their healthcare was unaffordable

Women also spend 6.8% of their pretax income on healthcare, almost double that of men. That figure jumps to 20.7% of pretax income towards health insurance alone for single women making under $15,000 annually. The rising costs are coupled with women earning less and general wage stagnation.

Considerations

The trend of Oklahoma women and U.S. women not seeking a doctor due to out of pocket cost continues to decline in 2022 compared to data starting in 2013. The state of emergency during the pandemic expanded the qualifications for government programs like unemployment insurance and Medicaid (SoonerCare). The expansion may have allowed new enrollees to see a physician they wouldn’t have otherwise seen. Further, caution associated with COVID-19 may have lowered the threshold for individuals who were previously reluctant to seek care. Understanding the context and how COVID-19 has influenced the reporting is vital.

What we can do:

This issue brief was written by Metriarch staff as part of our Data LookbookContributions and peer review were provided by Kelsey Mishkin Gardner. 

Suggested citation
 Metriarch. “Access to Quality Care,” Data Lookbook (2024). URL: metriarchok.org/unable-to-see-a-doctor-due-to-cost.

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