The Burden of Medical Debt

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An increasing number of Americans say they're being pushed into financial ruin by medical debt. Some 20 percent of those seeking financial counseling cite an inability to pay medical bills as the primary factor in declaring bankruptcy. What measures can people take to protect their financial health?


Kelley Weiss, reporter at the USC Annenberg School's Center for Health Reporting

Laurie Sobel, senior attorney at the Consumers Union focusing on health care issues

Andrew Gee, software engineer who was injured in an accident in October last year and who now faces massive medical bills

Todd Nelson, technical director for senior financial executives with the Health Care Financial Management Association

Jan Emerson-Shea, vice president of external affairs at the California Hospital Association.