Fierce Healthcare September 15, 2023
By Sachin Jain, Eric Hunter

There is no shortage of unjust elements in the U.S. healthcare system. But one in particular deserves far more attention and action than it is currently receiving—namely, medical debt.

Yes, there is something inherently unjust about loading people up with debt for simply seeking healthcare treatment. But, when you home in on the problem, it’s clear that medical debt itself often becomes a significant driver of long-term poor health outcomes. For this reason, we encourage healthcare leaders and stakeholders to take action to end this troubling consequence of our healthcare system.

Despite the fact that more than 90% of Americans have health insurance, nearly one-third of the population carries medical debt, to the tune of at least...

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