Financial Burden of Medical Care: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January-June 2011

Source: Robin A. Cohen, Renee M. Gindi, and Whitney K. Kirzinger, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Health Interview Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, March 2012

• In the first 6 months of 2011, one in three persons was in a family experiencing financial burden of medical care. One in 5 persons was in a family having problems paying medical bills, 1 in 4 persons was in a family paying medical bills over time, and 1 in 10 persons was in a family that had medical bills they were unable to pay at all.

• Chances of being in families having problems paying medical bills, paying medical bills over time, and having medical bills that could not be paid at all, decreased with age. Almost 24% of children aged 0 – 17 years were in families having problems paying medical bills compared with 21% of adults aged 18- 64, 10% of adults aged 65- 74 , and 7% of adults aged 75 and over.

• Among persons under age 65, those who were poor and those who were near poor were more likely to be in families having problems paying medical bills and to have medical bills they were unable to pay at all than those who were not poor.

• More than one in five poor and more than one in five near poor persons under age 65 were in families that had medical bills they were unable to pay at all.

• Among adults aged 65 and over, those who were poor and those who were near poor were more than three times as likely as those who were not poor to be in families that had problems paying medical bills in the past 12 months.
See also:
Health Insurance Coverage: Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January-September 2011
Source: Michael E. Martinez and Robin A. Cohen, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Health Interview Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, March 2012
Selected Estimates Based on Data From the January-September 2011 National Health Interview Survey
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Health Interview Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, March 2012

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