SPOTLIGHT: 21 percent of Americans have trouble paying medical, drug bills

According to a new poll from Gallup, the percentage of Americans who reported having trouble paying for healthcare or medicine during the previous 12 months rose from 18 percent in January 2008 to 21 percent in December. People most affected by this trend include the uninsured, but ethnic issues showed up as well. Thirty percent of blacks and Hispanics (as compared with 17 percent of whites and 13 percent of Asians) noted having trouble with these costs. Article

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