The numbers are staggering. They don't feel real, unless you're living through it. A quick hospital visit can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Medicines alone can be counted in hundreds of dollars per pill. If we're fortunate enough to have insurance, those costs come down but even the deductibles and out-of-pocket costs are burdensome.
Which would you choose: don't go to the doctor until you're too sick to fight it anymore, or get the preventative care you need even if you can't afford the doctor visit? For many families living in poverty or without medical insurance, those options take on added complexity: take time off without pay from work to see the doctor, short-pay on rent to afford the immediate co-pay the doctor expects when you arrive, take another credit score hit on an unpaid medical debt, knowing your interest rate will go up.
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