Medical debt is personal debt a person incurs when they are unable to afford necessary health care services. While we know medical debt is the most common type of debt reported on consumer credit records, very little research has been conducted to understand how medical debt impacts LGBTQ+ people specifically. From the few available studies, it appears medical debt may impact LGBTQ+ people more than their cisgender and heterosexual peers, though more research and engagement with community members is necessary to draw concrete conclusions.
Let’s unite for health justice. Together, we’ll work toward a more just and equitable health system.