There have been many reports of medical bills contributing to personal bankruptcies in the United States. In 2007 researchers suggested that medical problems were associated with 62% of personal bankruptcies (and almost four in five of those who had medical cost-associated bankruptcy had health insurance).
The Wall Street Journal reported this week that small unresolved health care bills were taking a bite out of credit scores from some unaware consumers – leaving them unable to get inexpensive refinancing. Consumers could pay decades of higher interest because they were turned over to collection agencies for tiny bills. One Texas resident reported that refinancing would carry $14,000 in fees since she had two $11 physician charges which had been turned over to a collection agency.
Thanks to John Donahue for this suggestion.