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Healthcare Bills Cause Tragedy for Many Americans

· Over 45% of Americans say healthcare bills have put them in debt, according to a new poll conducted for telehealth startup Babylon.

· More than a third of respondents in the survey also said they are struggling, or will struggle, to pay for health maintenance costs, emergency needs and private health insurance. Consumers in the 25 to 34 age group were especially concerned about costs, according to the survey of 5,000 adults conducted in early August.

The Babylon survey suggests many Americans are having difficulty managing their healthcare expenses and are unprepared financially to deal with a health emergency.

Younger adults aged 25 to 34 were the most worried about healthcare affordability, the poll found, with 56% saying they will struggle, or are struggling, to pay for health maintenance costs. According to the survey, 48% expect difficulty paying for emergency needs and 55% are struggling to afford private health insurance.

Babylon’s findings echo those of a Commonwealth Fund survey released last month that found high healthcare costs prevented or delayed care for 46% of respondents, with 42% citing difficulties paying medical bills or debt.


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