Source: Kaiser Family Foundation/New York Times
Published: January 2016
n = 2,575 respondents ages 18–64
Medical Debt in America
Circulated: October 22, 2019
Medical debt is a growing problem, with many Americans experiencing financial instability and even bankruptcy.
- 32% have postponed getting medical care they need because of the cost.
- 34% say their doctor never explains the costs of procedures to them.
- 69% of those who tried to shop around called the experience difficult.
Among those with medical bill problems:
- 44% say those problems had a major impact on their family.
- 37% say they borrowed money from friends or family.
- 34% say they increased their credit card debt.