Problem: The confounding burdens of medical debt
Advocacy surrounding bankruptcy caused by medical expenses in the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and the Medical Bankruptcy Fairness Act of 2014 has made it difficult to establish exact correlation. Some economists have pegged the bankruptcy rate as low as 4%.1 Others have estimated that the number is as high as 62%,2 with the share of bankruptcies caused by medical expenses on the rise by 50%.
Putting the politics of scope aside, its indisputable that millions of Americans struggle with debt that arises from medical expenses. Even the more conservative estimate (above) that only 4% of American bankruptcies are caused by medical debt includes the Consumer Financial Bureau’s statistic that 20% of Americans carry “substantial medical debt” of more than 10% of their annual income, even if only 1% of Americans claim bankruptcy each year. This equates to at least 65 million Americans with significant financial burdens caused by medical expenses.
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1 Dobkin, Carlos, Finklestein, Amy, Kluender, Raymond and Notowidigdo, Matthew. “Myth and Measurement: The Case of Medical Bankruptcy.” New England Journal of Medicine. September 22, 2018.
2 Himmelstein, David, Thorne, Deborah, Warren, Elizabeth and Woolhandler, Steffie. “Medical Bankruptcy in the United States, 2007: Results of a National Study.” The American Journal of Medicine. 2009.