Nearly a quarter of us owe past due medical debt, and hospitals are moving more aggressively to collect. The rise is the result of a tradeoff—Americans have avoided higher health insurance premiums only to be jeopardized by extremely high deductibles and out-of-network costs.
Experts explain what unpaid medical debt can mean, how patients can escape its clutches, and how one charity works to buy and forgive debt.
- Robert Goff, founding Director, RIP Medical Debt, and co-author, The Patient, The Doctor, and the Bill Collector: A Medical Debt Survival Guide
- Sara Collins, Vice President for Health Coverage and Access, Commonwealth Fund