With some states gearing up to lift coronavirus restrictions, a new poll finds a potential obstacle to keeping new infections tamped downBy RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated PressApril 28, 2020, 6:11 AM4 min readWASHINGTON — As states gear up to reopen, a poll finds a potential obstacle to controlling coronavirus: nearly 1 in 10 adults say cost would keep them from seeking help if they thought they were infected. The Gallup-West Health Healthcare Costs Survey out Tuesday finds that 9% of those age 18 and over would avoid seeking treatment because of concerns about the cost of care, even if they thought they were infected with the coronavirus. A significantly higher number — 14% — would avoid seeking treatment because of pocketbook worries if they had fever and a dry cough, two widely publicized symptoms of COVID-19. Although Congress and President Donald Trump have made coronavirus testing free to patients, and some insurers are waiving copays and deductibles for treatment within their networks, the survey suggests such messages may not be getting to the public. The survey delivers “important and distressing information,” said John Auerbach, head of the nonpartisan Trust for America’s Health. “I hope that policy makers take note.” With so


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