QuickStats: Percentage of Persons in Families Having Problems Paying Medical Bills in the Past 12 Months by Age Group

April 12, 2019

From 2011 to 2017, the overall percentage of persons who were in U.S. families having problems paying medical bills in the past 12 months decreased from 19.7% to 14.6%.

Similar trends were observed for all age groups, with a decrease from 23.2% to 16.8% for children aged 18 years or younger, from 20.6% to 15.5% for adults aged 18–64 years, and from 8.9% to 7.7% for those aged 65 years or older.

SOURCE: National Health Interview Survey, 2011–2017 data. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.