Study paints stark picture of how some get mired in collections because they can’t pay medical bills

Medical bills can be stressful. Some are surprises. Others are intimidatingly large. And many Americans just cannot pay on time. Now, a study in JAMA sheds light on just how much medical debt has been sent for collection in the United States.Researchers used data from a randomly selected group representing 10 percent of all people with TransUnion credit reports — about 40 million individuals — between 2009 and 2020. Though the average amount of medical debt fell to $429 by 2020, 17.8 percent of people had medical bills that were past due.The Washington Post, Read More.

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