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Analysis of Bad Debts
Allowance for doubtful accounts receivable (bad debts) is a contra account which reduce the balance of the company’s gross accounts receivable.The relationship between the allowance and the balance in receivables should be relatively constant unless there is a change in the economy overall or a change in customer base.
Allowance for Doubtful Accounts Receivable
|Dec 31, 2018||Dec 31, 2017||Dec 31, 2016||Dec 31, 2015||Dec 31, 2014|
|Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)|
|Allowance as a percentage of receivables, gross1|
1 Allowance as a percentage of receivables, gross = 100 × Receivables allowances ÷ Receivables, gross
= 100 × ÷ =
|Allowance as a percentage of receivables, gross||Allowance for doubtful accounts divided by the gross accounts receivable.||UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s allowance as a percentage of receivables, gross increased from 2016 to 2017 but then slightly declined from 2017 to 2018.|