Sheraton Uptown, Albuquerque, NM, USA
Sunday, April 23 • 9:45am - 11:15am
D3D-The Impact of Student Loans on Health-related Obligations

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The study investigates the relationship between student loan burden and the likelihood of hardship in meeting health care costs. The likelihood of having past due medical bills in the previous 12 months, and the likelihood of avoiding health care services in the previous 12 months by not purchasing prescribed medication, skipping tests or follow-up with a doctor or not seeking care for a medical problem because of the cost were examined. Student loan hardship was being on an income-scaled repayment plan or having paid late in the last 12 months. We show that when we consider budget constraints, leveraging student loans can become problematic with unintended consequences in affording and accessing health care, which counteracts the pursuit of overall well-being under the human capital model.

Speakers & Presenters
avatar for Sophia Anong

Sophia Anong

Associate Professor, University of Georgia

Sharon DeVaney

Editor & Professor Emeritus, AAFCS
Editor, Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal

Sunday April 23, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am

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