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Access to Healthcare and Mental Health Services is Limited When You Live in Poverty

Updated: Mar 30, 2022

We all need healthcare, but for low-income individuals healthcare is almost completely inaccessible. Almost 70% of the uninsured population is poor and 18% of the non-elderly population doesn’t have health insurance. And it’s even worse for people experiencing a mental illness, which is one-in-four individuals each year according to NAMI. Why is it so hard for the people in need to gain access to healthcare? There are three main barriers: cost, stigma, and access.