Almost half of adults in middle-income families have serious trouble paying for medical care, while rising healthcare costs are stretching the budgets of even those in higher income brackets, according to a report released by the Commonwealth Fund. Among individuals in families earning $35,000 to $49,999 a year, 48% said they had problems paying medical bills in the past two years and 50% said they had difficulty affording health insurance, according to a telephone survey of 1,023 adults in June. Among individuals in families earning $50,000 to $74,999 a year, 33% said they had trouble covering medical bills and 35% had trouble paying for insurance. The percentages were 21% and 23%, respectively, among individuals in families earning $75,000 or more a year. Overall, 48% of those surveyed said they were afraid of being unable to afford medical bills in the event of a serious illness. "Health insecurity is moving up the income ladder," the report said. In addition, 47% of participants said they worried they wouldn't be able to get high-quality care when they needed it, and 76% said the healthcare system needs fundamental change or a complete rebuilding. Read the report.
Health insecurity 'moving up income ladder': report
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