According to the Commonwealth Fund:
“An 11-country survey focusing on health care access, cost, and insurance coverage found that adults in the United States are by far the most likely to go without care because of costs, have trouble paying medical bills, encounter high medical bills even when insured, and have disputes with insurers or payments denied.”
A summary of the findings can be found here. Thirty five percent of Americans have out-of-pocket costs of more than $1000 and 20% have a serious problem paying health insurnace bill. The full report is available here.
- C. Schoen, R. Osborn, D. Squires, M. M. Doty, R. Pierson, and S. Applebaum, “How Health Insurance Design Affects Access to Care and Costs, by Income, in Eleven Countries,” Health Affairs Web First, Nov. 18, 2010.