Medical debt in the U.S.

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Table of contents

  • 1. Health insurance in the U.S.
    • Percentage adults with health insurance in the U.S. 2003-2020

    • U.S. Americans without health insurance 2010-2020

    • Percentage of U.S. population with health insurance 2019-2020, by coverage

    • Share of income spent on health plan costs by U.S. employees 2008-2019

  • 2. Medical debt
    • Main source of debt among consumers in the U.S. 2017-2020

    • U.S. adults concerned that a health event could lead to bankruptcy 2019-2020, by age

    • Persons in families that had problems paying their medical bills in the U.S. in 2018

    • Percentage of U.S. adults with medical debt as of 2021

    • Percentage of U.S. adults with medical debt as of 2021, by generation

    • Share of U.S. adults unable to repay medical debt within the next year, 2020, by race

    • U.S. adults unable to repay medical debt within the next year, 2020, by income

  • 3. Sources of debt and amounts owed
    • Sources of medical debt among U.S. adults as of 2021

    • Percentage of U.S. adults with medical debt who owed select amounts as of 2021

    • Medical debt owed by U.S. adults in 2018, by insurance type

    • Medical debt owed by U.S. adults in 2020, by insurance coverage

    • Share of U.S. adults who had successfully negotiated their medical debt as of 2021

  • 4. Unexpected and unaffordable costs
    • Share of US adults who received surprise out-of-network medical bill 2019, by gender

    • Share of Americans ever receiving surprise medical bill U.S. 2019, by ethnicity

    • Share of US adults who received out-of-network surprise medical bill 2019, by income

    • US voters most likely to have difficulty paying surprise medical bill 2019

    • Americans most likely unable to pay surprise medical bill 2019, by demographic

    • Difficulty affording select health care costs among U.S. workers with ESI in 2018

    • Affordability of unexpected health care costs for U.S. patients 2019

  • 5. Miscellaneous
    • Number of court actions taken by U.S. hospitals for unpaid bills 2018-2020

    • Amount sought by U.S. hospitals through court actions against patients 2018-2020

    • Sacrifices in order to pay medical bills among U.S. workers with ESI in 2018

    • U.S. public support for a national Medicare-for-all plan 2017-2020

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