Diagnosis of Debt
The California Report | Monday, Oct 03, 2011, 8:50 AM
Medical debt is at an all-time high, and for people staring down mounting bills, it can be overwhelming. But there are options for reducing or coping with costs, with some advance planning.
The California Report | Monday, Sep 26, 2011, 8:50 AM
Medical debt is at an all-time high and hurting patients and hospitals alike. So what role does the government have - if any - in protecting patients and hospitals from bad debt?
The California Report | Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011, 8:50 AM
When medical bills pile up, families can find themselves in serious financial trouble. But hospitals that are owed money can suffer too -- and many have turned to collection agencies.
Forum | Monday, Sep 12, 2011, 9:00 AM
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?
The California Report | Monday, Sep 12, 2011, 8:50 AM
Last year about one in four adults under 65 reported having medical debt, an all-time high for the country. That's because health care costs continue to rise at the same time people are losing their jobs and health coverage. Kelley Weiss with the California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting has the story of one San Francisco man struggling to pay off his medical bills.
Part 4: How to Avoid Medical Debt
Kelley Weiss talks with host Rachael Myrow about how to avoid getting into medical debt. And if you already have, how to best manage it.