The American health-care system can provide an incredible array of solutions to health problems. Unfortunately, it also can send a family into debt as it struggles to meet normal everyday expenses and pay off bills from medical treatment. Like families in other states, some Maryland families have ended up in long-term financial crises because of medical debt.
According to the 2012 National Health Interview Survey published earlier this year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 25 percent of American families have gone into long-term debt because of exorbitant medical expenses. The families who were most affected were those at the federal poverty level. Even families that were 250 percent above the federal poverty level were more vulnerable to incurring debt from medical expenses, debt that puts many families into troubled financial waters for years.