In the middle of an election year where healthcare is already a hotly debated issue, the COVID-19 pandemic has stirred further discussion about whether major changes are necessary. During the Democratic presidential primary, the concept of Medicare for All split the candidates. While the candidate who promoted that concept has since dropped out of the race, the significant financial pressure on consumers and healthcare providers highlighted by the pandemic might strengthen the position of those who seek a fundamental overhaul to America’s healthcare system.
One study says that medical costs are a factor in about two-thirds of the bankruptcies filed within the United States. Serious divisions still exist regarding ways to limit financial hardship, but the coronavirus crisis has highlighted several concerns that have prompted calls for change:
It’s not uncommon for people to say that “nothing will ever be the same” as we go through the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the healthcare sector that might very well be true. Perhaps the intense focus on industry problems will foster change that makes medical bankruptcy a thing of the past. Until then, however, medical expenses, whether coronavirus-related or not, could put tremendous financial strain on you and your family. If you are struggling with medical debt or serious financial difficulties related to the economic crisis, finding the right bankruptcy lawyer could help you overcome your difficulties.
Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP represents clients in bankruptcy actions and related matters. Please contact the firm online to schedule a consultation.
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