36% of Virginia Hospitals Garnished Wages of Patients in 2017

36% of Virginia Hospitals Garnished Wages of Patients in 2017 “… We identified 20 054 warrant-in-debt lawsuits and 9232 garnishment cases in 2017. Garnishing was conducted by 48 of 135 Virginia hospitals (36%), of which 71% were nonprofit and 75% urban, compared with 53% nonprofit and 91% urban among hospitals that did not garnish. The mean […]

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1 in 5 Americans have Donated to a Medical Crowdfunding Campaign

1 in 5 Americans have Donated to a Medical Crowdfunding Campaign “Millions of Americans are contributing to crowdfunding platforms to help pay for rising healthcare expenses, researchers found. One in five people reported contributing to crowdfunding campaigns to cover medical bills and treatments, according to a survey of just over 1,000 people released by the National Opinion […]

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Households in Lower 1/5 Income Group Pay Average 34% of Income Toward Healthcare While Highest Income Group Pay 16%

Households in Lower 1/5 Income Group Pay Average 34% of Income Toward Healthcare While Highest Income Group Pay 16% “Burden of Health Care Payments Is Greatest Among Americans with the Lowest Incomes Higher-income American households pay the most to finance the nation’s health care system, but the burden of payments as a share of income […]

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Unmet Need for Physician Services Has Shown No Improvement Since 1998

Despite Coverage Gains Since 1998, Most Measures of Unmet Need for Physician Services Have Shown No Improvement, and Financial Access to Physician Services has Decreased. “Importance  Improvements in insurance coverage and access to care have resulted from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, a focus on short-term pre- to post-ACA changes may distract attention from longer-term […]

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U.S. Residents Pay $8,000/year “Poll Tax” for Healthcare

U.S. Residents Pay $8,000/year “Poll Tax” for Healthcare says Top Economist “SAN DIEGO — The United States’ sky-high health-care costs are so far above what people pay in other countries that they are the equivalent of a hefty tax, Princeton University economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton say. They are surprised Americans aren’t revolting against these taxes. “A few people […]

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A Record 25% of U.S. Residents Put Off Treatment for a Serious Medical Condition Due to Cost, Up from 19% in 2018

A Record 25% of U.S. Residents Put Off Treatment for a Serious Medical Condition Due to Cost, Up from 19% in 2018 “More Americans Delaying Medical Treatment Due to Cost STORY HIGHLIGHTS A third of U.S. adults say their family couldn’t afford care in past year One in four say care was deferred for a serious medical […]

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Low Income Workers Spend a Higher % of Income on Insurance for Less Coverage than Middle and High Income Workers

Low Income Workers Spend a Higher % of Income on Insurance for Less Coverage than Middle and High Income Workers “..But compared to middle and upper-income employees, low-income workers are often offered less robust coverage, get less employer help with their premiums, and must pay a greater share of their income toward health care costs. […]

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