Number of the Day Shows Medical Bills Can Hinder Care

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Number of the Day

That’s how many U.S. adults are reluctant to seek medical care because of worries about receiving an unexpected medical bill, according to a new poll released this week. 

Harris Poll, which conducted an online survey of around 2,000 adults in mid-October, found that affordability is one of the top health-care concerns. The reluctance to seek care was most pronounced among Hispanic respondents, with 61% resisting care because of concerns about the expense, compared with 46% of non-Hispanic White respondents and 47% of non-Hispanic Black respondents.


When it comes to being able to afford medical care, many Americans are in a precarious position: 44% of those surveyed said they would not be able to afford a $1,000 unexpected medical bill. If you are ambushed by a medical invoice that you can’t pay, it may be possible to negotiate it down.