50% Of Americans Now Carry Medical Debt, A New Chronic Condition For Millions

Bre Hartel, 48, has $1,800 in outstanding medical debt. She’s one of millions of Americans struggling to pay their medical bills.

During routine blood work in May 2021, Hartel discovered that she had high blood pressure. Experiencing blurred vision and nausea, she was told if she didn’t see a doctor right away, she could have a stroke. She headed straight to the emergency room. 

That visit may have saved Hartel’s life but the medical bills that piled on top of her other expenses still weigh her down.