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Almost one in six Canadians are in debt because of health-care costs, survey shows

23 May, 2023 | 
Pureprofile 

Originally published: Pique Newsmagazine, 22 May 2023

Canadians face an average of more than $US6,000 in medical debt, largely driven by dental bills and prescription medication, a new poll has found.

Almost one in six Canadians are in debt because of health-care costs, owing more than triple that of Australians, according to a recent cross-country survey.

The poll, which sampled 3,000 people across Canada, the U.S. and Australia, found Canadians faced the second highest amount of debt after the U.S.

Dental checkups and prescription medications were the most likely sources of health-care debt for all three countries, according to the Pureprofile survey carried out on behalf of Compare the Market.

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