6 May 2012

US Hospitals Begin Planting Debt Collectors In Emergency Rooms "Now common at hospitals across the country"

The New York Times reports on a new model of emergency care—debt collectors posing as medical staff:
Hospital patients waiting in an emergency room or convalescing after surgery are being confronted by an unexpected visitor: a debt collector at bedside.
This and other aggressive tactics by one of the nation’s largest collectors of medical debts, Accretive Health, were revealed on Tuesday by the Minnesota attorney general, raising concerns that such practices have become common at hospitals across the country.
To patients, the debt collectors may look indistinguishable from hospital employees, may demand they pay outstanding bills and may discourage them from seeking emergency care at all. The attorney general, Lori Swanson, also said that Accretive employees may have broken the law by not clearly identifying themselves as debt collectors…


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  2. That is normal around the world but i really hate it because they will not start on surgery if you did not pay yet the debt collector that bad thing for me is what if you died because of you don't have enough money,really disgusting.