22% of Americans Are Paying Off an Old Medical Bill

January 18, 2015 at 6:27 PM Leave a comment

The New York Times sent this graph out today under the headline:  Financial Distress Connected to Medical Bills Shows a Decline, the First in Years.  Thankfully the percentage is down from 2010 and 2012 but it’s still appalling and nothing to cheer about.  If the U.S. had universal healthcare, 22% of Americans wouldn’t be under this kind of stress.  (Oh, and don’t forget: The population of the United States is 316 million so we’re talking a lot of people here.)

NYT Medical stress

(Image via the New York Times)

 

 

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