Hospitals account for majority of health care-related debt

According to a recent 2013 report, health care-related debt is the leading type of consumer debt collected. Student loan debt is the next most common consumer debt collected, followed by credit card debt. The visualization below takes a look at the major types of debt contributing to the high levels of health care-related debt. Debt owed to hospitals accounts for 70.2% of the health care-related consumer debt, followed by debt owed to physician groups (18.7%) and clinics (11.1%).

Types of health care debt collected in 2013

Horizontal stacked bar chart showing the percent of debt due to hospitals, physicians and clinics

Data Source: Table 7.  The Impact of Third-Party Debt Collection on the U.S. National and State Economies in 2013. Prepared for ACA International July 2014.

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