One in 5 Americans is in a family struggling to pay medical bills, while 1 in 10 are in a family that is unable to pay medical bills
at all, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.
The report found that poor and “near-poor” people have the hardest time paying medical bills. In the first six months of 2011, more than 1 in 5 of poor and near-poor individuals under age 65 were in families unable to pay their medical debt
Just over 6 percent of not poor people were in families that had medical bills they were unable to pay at all.
In addition, younger people were more likely to be part of a family that had medical debt. Nearly 24 percent of children (those under 18) were in families having problems paying their medical bills, compared with 21 percent of adults age 18 to 64 and 10 percent of adults age 65-74.