What is the actual prevalence of medical bankruptcies

  title={What is the actual prevalence of medical bankruptcies},
  author={Donald D. Hackney and Daniel L Friesner and Erica H. Johnson},
  journal={International Journal of Social Economics},
Purpose Medical bankruptcies occur when an individual experiences an acute or chronic health event, and the costs of care exceed the individual’s ability to pay. In such cases, the individual typically files for bankruptcy. There is an extensive literature that estimates the prevalence of medical bankruptcy, but studies either select a population whose medical care is extremely expensive or chooses ad hoc thresholds for medical bankruptcy categorizations. In both cases, the prevalence… 

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