Having insurance coverage does not necessarily solve all medical financial problems.[@@]
About 35% of U.S. adults who had health coverage all year around in 2003 said they had problems with medical bills or medical debt that year, according to a report released today by The Commonwealth Fund, New York.
A team of Commonwealth Fund researchers led by Michelle Doty based the report on a survey of 4,052 U.S. adults age 19 and over conducted from September 2003 to January 2004.
Working-age adults incur significantly higher rates of medical bills and debt problems than those over 65, the researchers write.
“Even working-age adults who are continually insured have problems paying their medical bills and incur medical debt,” the researchers write in the survey report.