Medical Bills #1 reason for personal bankruptcy in US


Fast Facts

80% of doctors  agree or strongly agree that it is part of their responsibility to control health care costs.


Cost variation is a major problem in health care. For example, in Massachusetts lumbar spine MRIs ranged from $450-$1,675 (2006-2007)

36% of Americans have had difficulty paying medical bills in the last year as a result of the economic downturn
(Kaiser Family Foundation Poll)

Medical bills are now the number one cause of personal bankruptcy in the United States
(2005 Harvard study).

“The cost of health care now causes a bankruptcy in America every thirty seconds”
(President Obama to the 2009 Joint Session of Congress)


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