A Growing Link Between Bankruptcies and Medical Costs

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The number of bankruptcies tied to medical costs in the United State is on the rise.

A Harvard University study out today shows a 50 percent increase in such bankruptcies between 2001 and 2007. The vast majority of the 2,300 bankruptcy filers surveyed had health insurance when their medical problems began.

Study co-author Steffie Woolhandler, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard, spoke with WBUR's Delores Handy about the findings.

This program aired on June 4, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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