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Injured person Accidents or injuries were the leading cause of debt, followed by dental, vision and hearing services, and chronic diseases. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Medical debt is an inescapable fact of life for many people in the United States.

More than one-third of Americans aged 18 and older carry medical debt, according to the HealthCare.com Medical Debt Survey 2021. Moreover, six in 10 adults with medical debt received health care knowing it would put them in debt. More than half had debt in excess of $1,000, and 14% owed more than $5,000.

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