Half in U.S. now, vs. 45% in 2019, concerned about health-related bankruptcy

Half of all American adults are concerned that a major health event in their household could lead to bankruptcy.

The United States spends more on health care as a share of the economy — nearly twice as much as the average OECD country — yet has the lowest life expectancy and highest suicide rates among the 11 nations. The U.S. also has the highest chronic disease burden and an obesity rate that is two times higher than the OECD average.

This study via Gallup is based on 1,007 interviews, of which 15% of adults report that at least one person in their household currently has medical debt that will not be repaid -- either in full or in part -- within the next 12 months.

And, in the midst of this burgeoning crisis in healthcare costs and associated debt, a U.S. election looms. 

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