Families Go in Debt over Medical Necessities


Alivia Gutierrez, Contributor

When going to the hospitals, we are all well taken care of by the doctors and nurses, but when the time comes around to pay the bill, it is always expensive. Not all families can afford hospital bills, and if they can, they are always in debt from it. 

In the United States, there are hospital bills that cost up to $3,000 to $15,000, which most families have to go into debt for, and then they struggle to afford other living necessities. “A recent survey from The Commonwealth Fund finds that many people are struggling to pay their medical bills and have accumulated medical debt over time” (commonwellfund). As years go on and as the bills pile up, families eventually become in debt which causes them to lose a house or apartment, but this wouldn’t happen if hospitals were to lower the prices because half of the time people do not ask to get sick or to get injured. 

In other cases, families go into debt because of either their children or one of their parents got hurt on the job. In one case, a family of three had to turn to fundraisers because the hospital bills were costing too much. Ashley Palmisciano’s insurance company was billed roughly $4 million for her five-month-old son Luca’s lung transplant” (CNBC). This is one and many cases that struggle to pay for bills. There are more people out there that can’t even go to the hospital because they don’t have insurance. 

In order to help raise notice or even take the first step, it is time to start opening up clinics or raising notice about how families struggle with this on a daily basis.