Opinion: Listen: Get sick, go to the doctor, incur debt, repeat

This week's episode of the "First Opinion Podcast" covers medical debt, which plagues 1 in 5 U.S. households, and explores how hospitals and health systems can help prevent it.

Sickness can beget debt, which can then turn around and beget more sickness. That’s the all-too-unfortunate cycle for people across the country who find themselves with overwhelming medical debt, the most common reason a debt collector might come after someone, with 1 in 5 households going into debt to pay for medical care.

Because hospitals, health care providers, insurers, employers sponsoring insurance, and others are responsible for people incurring medical debt, they can all intervene earlier to prevent that from happening.

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