Collateral damage of the Fed’s interest rate hikes: People who put medical bills on credit cards

Under new federal monetary policy, patients who put their medical bills on credit cards will likely be saddled with higher interest rates and tighter credit limits.

Tiffany Yarina didn’t max out her credit card from a home renovation or luxury purchase. It was from cancer.

In 2005, Yarina started losing a lot of weight and watched her tonsils swell. Her doctors eventually diagnosed her with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She needed chemotherapy and a tonsillectomy — but she had no health insurance.

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