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Worried about paying medical bills

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For sample adults and sample children, WORMEDBILL indicates how worried the respondent is about being able to pay medical bills if she or he got sick or had an accident. Prior to 2019, WORMEDBILL is only asked of sample adults.


The NHIS questionnaire was substantially redesigned in 2019 to introduce a different data collection structure and new content. For more information on changes in terminology, universes, and data collection methods beginning in 2019, please see the user note.


  • 2011-2018: Sample adults age 18+.
  • 2019-2022: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children ages 0-17.


  • 2011-2022