Survey: Families worry less about medical bills

Just over 14% of people say their family struggles with medical bills, down significantly from 20% in 2011 but similar to 2016 and 2017 numbers.

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February 12, 2020 - 10:28 AM

(AP) — The proportion of people in families struggling to pay medical bills is down, but the number isn’t dropping like it used to, according to a big government study. 

In a 2018 national survey, just over 14 percent of people said they belonged to a family struggling with those bills, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday. That’s a big drop from nearly 20 percent in 2011 but only slightly less than the proportion who reported the problem in 2016 and 2017.

Researchers cautioned against reading too much into the results, in part because the survey doesn’t show important details like income levels or the size of the bills that worry people. 

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