A report released by the CDC, based on a survey conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, found a significant decline since 2011.
The percentage of people under age 65 living in a household reporting problems paying medical bills in the past year decreased from 21.3% (56.5 million) in 2011 to 17.8% (47.7 million) in 2014, according to a CDC report.
The figures came from the National Health Interview Survey and were reported by the National Center for Health Statistics. Conducted continuously, the survey involves some 35,000 households nationwide each year. Estimates for 2014 were from data collected during the first 6 months of the year.
Among the questions asked: "In the past 12 months did [you/anyone in the family] have problems paying or were unable to pay any medical bills? Include bills for doctors, dentists, hospitals, therapists, medication, equipment, nursing home, or home care."
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