Patient denied care because he owed his doctor less than $100

Patient denied care because he owed his doctor less than 0




  • Ariane and Samantha Buck from Arizona have had their lives turned upside down by $50,000 in medical debt.
  • But Ariane Buck was still surprised when her doctor refused to see her because she owed the practice a balance of less than $100.
  • The Bucks are among the tens of millions of Americans who have crippling medical debt, according to an ongoing investigation by KHN and NPR.

Ariane and Samantha Buck from Arizona have seen their lives upended by a medical debt of $50,000.

But Ariane Buck was still surprised when her doctor refused to see her because she owed the practice a balance of less than $100.

“That’s not right,” Buck told KHN’s Noam N. Levey. “Everyone should at least be able to go to a doctor when they feel sick.”

Levey discussed the Bucks’ situation with Mary Louise Kelly on “All Things Considered” on NPR on June 22.

The Bucks are among the tens of millions of Americans who have crippling medical debt, according to an ongoing investigation by KHN and NPR.