Many Americans pay medical bills on or near payday, survey finds

Thirty-four percent of  U.S. healthcare consumers pay medical bills right when they come in, and 30 percent pay medical bills on or near payday, a survey from research and advisory firm Aite Group found.

A total of 2,425 U.S. consumers were surveyed in the third quarter of 2018 and 820 of them gave feedback on their medical bill payment experiences.

Only 15 percent said they pay their medical bills on the due date. Eleven percent said they pay them on a specific date or day (e.g., first of the month, first weekend), no matter when they are due. Six percent said they pay them when they can, no matter when they're due, and 3 percent pay them "when I think of it, sometimes a week or two after payday."


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