Prescription Costs Fuel Medical Debt and Rise in Bankruptcy Filings

May 30, 2014 Posted by kingcade

Last year, the federal government reported that Americans had $41 billion in out-of-pocket costs associated with prescription drugs. Experts agree that those prescription drug costs will continue to play a key role in medical related debt and bankruptcies despite the expansion of insurance for millions under the Affordable Care Act.

Even though more people will be getting their medications covered by insurance, there is a growing trend in both the individual insurance market and the employer-provided insurance market toward having insured people pay an increasing share of medical costs, including their prescriptions.

For many Americans, their individual monthly premiums can total a couple hundred dollars a month, combined with annual deductibles ranging in the thousands, out-of-pocket expenses can add up quickly. Yet many people, particularly those with low incomes are unfamiliar with the myriad of health insurance plans that can play a role in how much they pay for their prescriptions. Their lack of knowledge increases the likelihood they will fall into the medical debt trap.

A report from NerdWallet last year found that medical debt was the single leading cause of bankruptcy in the U.S. and that 56 million Americans had problems paying their medical bills. A new report last week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found that 52 percent of accounts sent to collections and placed on people’s credit reports stemmed from medical debt.

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