A Large Share of American Households Still Struggle With Paying Medical Bills
About 42% of working-age adults said they had problems paying medical bills or were paying off medical debt, according to findings from the 2022 Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey. With 43% of the respondents inadequately insured, medical costs and debt remained a major concern for many Americans. Almost one-third of adults who were underinsured — whose coverage did not provide them with affordable access to health care — reported they were contacted by a collection agency regarding unpaid medical bills. Of those with medical debt, 56% said the amount reached $2,000 or more.
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