Experts say that costs resulting from medical bills can be the most crippling to personal finances, leading to bankruptcy and a cycle of debt.
The U.S. government spends about $170 billion a year treating illnesses caused by smoking.
Today, more than a third of all adults and 17 percent of young people are clinically obese.
As consumers take responsibility for a greater portion of their health care costs, many providers are concerned about the integrity of provider-patient relationships.
The rise of high-deductible plans means that patients can encounter large up-front costs, which they may have not anticipated.
Employers are increasingly offering wellness programs to help lower their health care costs.
Many Americans nearing retirement age are relying solely on Medicare to cover their treatment costs, which could lead to an increase in accounts receivable.
UnitedHealthcare recently unveiled MyHealthCostEstimator, a tool to assist its subscribers better prepare for the cost of care.