Five Quick Takeaways From a Yearlong Investigation of Medical Debt in America

KHN and NPR embarked on a project to understand how widespread medical debt is in America. Here are the most important takeaways of that yearlong investigation: The problem is large. Very large. More than 100 million people, including 41% of adults, are saddled with debt from medical or dental bills, according to a KFF poll conducted for the project. Much of that debt is hidden on credit card balances, in payment plans to hospitals and other medical providers, and through loans patients take out from friends and family. Hospitals, some of them nonprofit or public university systems, often fuel the problem, shuttling patients into loans or selling debt to collection companies...

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