57% of Americans have been surprised by a medical bill

A recent survey by NORC at the University of Chicago found that 57% of Americans say they have received a surprise medical bill they expected would be covered by insurance.

A recent survey by NORC at the University of Chicago found that 57% of Americans say they have received a surprise medical bill they expected would be covered by insurance. When asked which groups were most responsible for surprise medical bills, payers were cited as "very" or "somewhat" responsible by 86% of respondents, followed by hospitals (82%), physicians (71%), and pharmacies (64%). The most common charges cited by respondents who said they had been surprised by a medical bill were for physician services (53%), laboratory tests (51%), hospitals or other health care facility charges (43%), imaging (35%), and prescription drugs (29%).