Chronic Illness Associated with Greater Odds of Medical Debt and Out-of-Pocket Costs

“Findings showed that 1 to 3 chronic health conditions were associated with higher odds of having any OOPC [out-of-pocket costs] and 1 to 3 and 4 or more chronic health conditions were associated with higher odds of having any medical debt. For households with positive amounts of OOPC and medical debt, 1 to 3 and 4 or more chronic health conditions were associated with higher amounts of OOPC and medical debt. These findings showed that the presence of chronic health conditions impose a large financial burden on some households.” 

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6016939/

Richard P, Walker R, Alexandre P. The burden of out of pocket costs and medical debt faced by households with chronic health conditions in the United States. PLoS One. 2018;13(6):e0199598.

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