Medical bill One-third of those with debt said they were paying off $4,000 or more.

Few people could have predicted 18 months ago that the pandemic would linger into the fall of 2021. As serious as the medical consequences have been, the financial impact on many Americans may continue to be felt even after the pandemic eventually winds down.

“People with chronic health problems tend to have higher health-care expenses, even if they have insurance coverage,” said Sara Collins, vice president of health care coverage for The Commonwealth Fund. “For some people with ongoing problems, medical debt could be a lifelong issue.”

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