About 6 per cent of people put off specialist appointments and 3 per cent surgery. Photo: Getty High healthcare costs are keeping Aussies away from the doctor and the dentist and forcing many to borrow to meet them, new data shows. One in five of us borrows to fund medical appointments, with many putting it all on credit or borrowing from family and friends, survey data from comparison site Finder shows. On average, Australians borrow $1577 to meet their medical expenses, but 60 per cent of borrowers need less than $1000, suggesting some are borrowing serious figures. Bessie Hassan, Money expert at Finder, told The New Daily that for some Aussies a line of credit was their only option for big expenses. “The likelihood of having enough cash to cover the cost is slim for some people,” she said. “As far as rainy day savings go, as a nation […]