woman sitting on couch with bills and credit card looking fed up In complaints about medical debt and consumer reporting issues, consumers often expressed surprise and frustration about finding out about old or small medical debts. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Medical debt on a consumer's credit report can result in reduced access to credit, increased risk of bankruptcy, avoidance of medical care and difficulty securing employment — even if the bill itself is inaccurate or erroneous. Not surprisingly, medical debt is one of the leading categories of complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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