Doctors' bills now play a role in 60 percent of Americans' personal-bankruptcy filings.

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Nearly 60 percent of Americans who’ve filed for bankruptcy said that a medical expense “very much” or “somewhat” contributed to their bankruptcy (outstripping causes such as home foreclosure or student loans). What’s behind this growing American crisis? Olga Khazan writes:

There are as many reasons for the medical-debt crisis as there are diagnostic codes that rule the medical-billing world. In interviews, half a dozen consumer advocates told me they are concerned the problem will get worse, since the uninsured rate is going up, and more people are signing up for cheaper but skimpier health-insurance plans that have been introduced by the Trump administration. More Americans are also now on high-deductible health plans, which often require the patient to pay thousands before insurance kicks in. Networks of doctors have grown narrower, meaning more providers are likely to be out-of-network.

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