Medical loans: The good, bad, and the alternatives

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A medical loan is a specific type of personal loan that can only be used to cover healthcare expenses. For people facing significant out-of-pocket medical expenses, this type of loan can seem ideal. However, there are a few things you should know.


The Good

•  No collateral is required to secure the loan.

•  Can be easy to qualify for if you have good credit.

•  Enables you to undergo elective procedures quickly.


The Bad

•  Hard to get if you have poor credit.

•  High interest rates can mean a very high monthly payment.

•  May involve expensive initiation fees upfront.


The Alternatives

•  Talk to your doctor’s office or hospital about a payment plan.

•  Find help through a medical charity or hospital program.

•  Talk to your doctor about cost-effective treatment options.


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