In its 2022 "Physicians Rate Healthcare Access Report." Medscape laid out the regions where physicians are reporting patients having difficulty paying bills over the last 5 years.
Medscape surveyed more than 2,340 physicians in more than 29 specialties.
Here's where surveyed physicians are seeing patients having trouble paying medical bills:
East South Central: 76 percent
West South Central: 72 percent
New England: 70 percent
Mountain: 67 percent
South Atlantic: 67 percent
Mid-Atlantic: 67 percent
Pacific: 58 percent
East North Central: 57 percent
West North Central: 50 percent
East South Central states: Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama
West North Central states: Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas
East North Central states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin
West states: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming
New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont
Mid-Atlantic states: New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania
Pacific states: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington
South Atlantic states: Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia
Pacific states: Alaska, California, Hawaii and Washington
West South Central states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas
To read the full report, click here.