Americans Still Coming Up Short Paying Medical Bills

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Apr. 21, 2014 12:00 am  

The percentage of Americans under 65 who belonged to families having trouble paying medical bills fell from 21.7 percent — 57.6 million — in the first six months of 2011 to 19.8 percent — 52.8 million — in the first six months of 2013.

In the first six months of 2013, among Americans under 65 who had problems paying their medical bills were:

  • 34.3 percent of Americans who were uninsured.
  • 24.7 percent of those with public coverage, e.g., Medicare, Medicaid.
  • 14.1 percent of those who had private coverage.

The findings come from the National Health Interview Survey, the main source of information on the health of the civilian population of the U.S. The survey is one of the major data collection programs of the National Center for Health Statistics, which is part of the federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.



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