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Sue-Happy Missouri Nonprofit Hospital needs taming

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This topic is better suited to the "Help I've Been Served" forum. To answer your question-- one can manipulate statistics to show inequities in health care in almost every State.

It was getting better under the ACA, now it will be getting worse. The family cited could have filed BK

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This is a double edged sword for a hospital in an under served poor area. The residents use the ER for all their care at great expense because they cannot even afford the cash price for an urgent care center visit. However, the hospital cannot afford to write off more than a certain percentage of their care and keep the doors open either. Where they dropped the ball and get a bad reputation is for NOT educating the people about charity care or other options and instead choosing the more financially lucrative option of simply suing patients.

 

The number of suits is excessive for sure but the problem is two sided. People HAVE to educate themselves on how to get affordable care and WHERE especially if they do not have insurance. Simply wracking up the bill(s) and then hoping they go away isn't the answer. For those people in the article with thousands of dollars worth of bills: bankruptcy can and SHOULD have been filed.

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That's what I've found when helping people locally. They don't know any better. There are several clinics run by the city health department where people can get treatment and medication for many chronic conditions to avoid ER's but people either don't know they exist or they prefer to go to the ER because it's closer to home.

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That's what I've found when helping people locally. They don't know any better. There are several clinics run by the city health department where people can get treatment and medication for many chronic conditions to avoid ER's but people either don't know they exist or they prefer to go to the ER because it's closer to home.

I agree, many problems exist today because of a lack of knowledge about available resources. Medical advances are marvelous-- but you can't treat apathy and ignorance.

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