Impact of forgoing care because of costs on the quality of diabetes care: A three-year cohort study

Published: 12 March 2017
Author(s): Patricia C. Rosselet, Emilie Zuercher, Jérôme Pasquier, Bernard Burnand, Isabelle Peytremann-Bridevaux
Issue: March 2017

Forgoing care because of costs is a frequent situation in many countries, with estimated prevalences going from 4% to 30% [1–6]. It can be defined as a decision of not seeking care when needed because of financial reasons and the term is used interchangeably with unmet needs as both terms provide similar information [7]. Whereas most studies on the prevalence of forgoing care because of costs target the general populations, little is known of the prevalence of forgoing care for people with specific chronic conditions.