Share of U.S. epileptic adults with medical bill problems 2015-2017, by race

Percentage of adults with epilepsy in the United States who lived in families with problems paying medical bills in 2015 and 2017, by race and ethnicity

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Release date

May 2022


United States

Survey time period

2015 and 2017

Number of respondents

60,404 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

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Supplementary notes

Active epilepsy was defined as adults who answered that a doctor or health professional had ever told them they had a seizure disorder or epilepsy and also reported taking medication, having had one or more seizures in the past year, or both. Inactive epilepsy was defined as adults who reported a history of epilepsy but were not taking medication for epilepsy and had not had a seizure in the past year. No epilepsy was defined as adults who answered no history of ever having been diagnosed with epilepsy or seizure disorder by a doctor or health professional.
Problems paying bills was defined as answering “yes” to any of the following questions: “Did you/anyone in the family have problems paying or were unable to pay any medical bills in the past 12 months?” (this could include bills for doctors, dentists, hospitals, therapists, medication, equipment, nursing home, or home care) or “Do you/does anyone in your family currently have any medical bills that you are unable to pay at all?”
* The Other race and ethnicity category includes other non-Hispanic groups (American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian, multiple race, and race group not releasable). Estimate for inactive epilepsy category was suppressed because denominator was <30 or relative SE was >50%.

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