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Wednesday, January 7, 2004

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  • State Secret: Why Are Uninsured Patients Paying The Highest Prices For Hospital Care?

    Jen

    Inequality in the U.S. medical billing system leaves the uninsured paying far more for medical care than those with insurance. We speak with a patient who was uninsured when she received an emergency appendectomy and was charged five times higher than what Medicaid would have paid and others including the Legal Aid Society’s Elisabeth Benjamin author of the report, "State Secret" which finds New York City hospitals aren’t informing patients about available state government charity funds. [includes transcript]

  • Are Debtor Prisons Returning To America?

    Jimbean

    Hospitals hound uninsured patients for bill payments and now rank among America’s most aggressive debt-collectors using one of the harshest and least-known collections tactics of all: seeking the arrest of no-show debtors. We speak with Jim Bean who was jailed in Illinois in part because he failed to pay a hospital bill and we hear from the CFO of the hospital that sought his arrest as well as a member of a grass roots citizen action organization in Illinois. [includes transcript]