Over A Quar­ter Of Amer­i­cans Have Trou­ble Pay­ing Their Med­i­cal Bills

ForbesWeekly - - NEWS - BY NIALL MCCARTHY, CON­TRIB­U­TOR FOL­LOW NIALL MCCARTHY AT www.forbes.com/sites/niallm­c­carthy

Just over a quar­ter of all Amer­i­can adults (aged 18 to 64) say they or some­one in their house­hold had trou­ble pay­ing their med­i­cal bills over the past 12 months, ac­cord­ing to re­search con­ducted by the Kaiser Fam­ily Foun­da­tion . Even though some groups ex­pe­ri­ence more prob­lems than oth­ers with med­i­cal bills, pay­ment prob­lems tend to have an im­pact on all kinds of peo­ple, re­gard­less of in­sur­ance sta­tus or house­hold in­come.

When it comes to in­sur­ance sta­tus, un­sur­pris­ingly, unin­sured Amer­i­cans strug­gle more to pay back their bills, with just over half re­port­ing dif­fi­culty. Those with in­sur­ance cov­er­age are not im­mune from fi­nan­cial dif­fi­culty ei­ther. Some 19% with health in­sur­ance through an em­ployer, 18% with Med­i­caid and 22% of those who pur­chased cov­er­age on their own also had trou­ble pay­ing back their bills.

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