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Posted at 10:10 a.m. on July 24, 2014
A group of congressional Democrats last year requested a Government Accountability Office report on companies offering “third party consumer financial products” through medical credit cards and installment loans to cover selected health procedures not normally covered by insurance.
The report was released this week. It doesn’t make any recommendations; its job was to size up the market and its players. According to the GAO:
Multiple entities offer medical credit cards, but according to market participants with whom GAO spoke, CareCredit LLC issues the majority of medical credit cards. In 2013, the company reported 4.4 million cardholders and 177,000 participating providers in its network, the majority of which were dental offices.
Federal auditors interviewed many other industry participants and categorized the industry from large credit card issuers to individual providers, such as dental and chiropractic offices.