(The Hill) — The percentage of Americans who postponed medical care cost payments due to cost has grown in the past year, according to a new Gallup poll. 

The poll, published on Tuesday, found that 38% of respondents said they have put off scheduled medical care payments due to cost, a 12-point increase from the past two years.

The number also marks a new high with the previous high in 2014 and 2019 when 33% of those surveyed said they have postponed scheduled medical care payments due to cost. 

Twenty-seven percent of respondents said the delayed treatment in their family was for a condition that was considered to be “very” or “somewhat” serious, while 11% of those surveyed said the delayed treatment was for a condition considered to be “not very” or “not at all” serious. 

Among different economic categories, 34% of respondents in the lower-income group said that they postponed medical care treatment for a very or somewhat serious condition, while 29 percent of respondents in the middle-income group said the same thing. 

Eighteen percent of respondents in the upper-income group said they postponed medical care treatment for a very or somewhat serious condition. 

Across age groups, 35% of respondents who are 18-49 years old said they postponed medical care treatment for a very or somewhat serious condition, as 25% of respondents who are 50-65 years old also said the same sentiment. 

Thirteen percent of respondents who are 65 years old and older have said they postponed medical care treatment for a very or somewhat serious condition, according to the poll. 

The poll comes as many Americans have cited inflation as one of the most important issues the country is facing in the last year and a majority of U.S. adults noted that inflation has created a moderate hardship for them. 

Thirty-two percent of male respondents said that they postponed medical care treatment for a very or somewhat serious condition, while 20% of female respondents said the same thing. 

The latest Gallup poll was conducted from Nov. 9 through Dec. 2 with a total of 1,020 respondents participating in the survey. The poll’s margin of error was plus or minus four percentage points.