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(Some Guy)   Wisconsin hospitals decide that this nationwide quarantine is a great time to sue patients. Mr. Burns rubs his hands with glee   (khn.org) divider line
    More: Fail, Lawsuit, Health economics, Small claims court, Medicine, public health emergency, Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, health systems, Blanche Jordan  
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4716 clicks; posted to Main » on 05 Apr 2020 at 5:35 AM (17 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-04-05 3:08:01 AM  
It's a good hospital. I was taken there when I got hit by a car.
 
2020-04-05 5:45:24 AM  
So nice the governor considers medical debt collections as an essential business during these difficult times.
Yet another obvious sign that our system is broken beyond repair.
 
2020-04-05 5:48:35 AM  
Probably more like the hospital is running out of money. Covid 19 ain't a moneymaker.
 
2020-04-05 5:49:32 AM  
Before some idiot comes in here and says "The cases were dismissed, whatchoo libs whinging about", the point is that these people displayed their true impulses before they were caught and shamed - and now we know who they are.
This is for-profit medicine - and it's a business, not a profession.
If you don't like it, you have to change the system. Expecting decency on the part of the ownership class is absurd.
 
2020-04-05 6:11:57 AM  
Hospital charge rates for the uninsured are at least double the rates negotiated with medical insurance coverage companies, and some will aggressively collect against individuals at the inflated rates.  If you have trouble with hospital collections, get a lawyer with medical collections experience ASAP.
 
2020-04-05 6:27:15 AM  
The headline refers to a "nationwide" quarantine.  Meanwhile, there are still states that have no quarantine in place.  I'm not going to point to any lunatic Republican governor's specifically...
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2020-04-05 6:46:23 AM  
Best healthcare system in the world! It will cure right into bankruptcy so you can die properly, of hunger.
 
2020-04-05 7:11:17 AM  
Does not surprise me. They want their money. You can't expect them to care, can you?
 
2020-04-05 7:57:37 AM  
The IRS is more lenient. Health is more dangerous than taxes. Death and taxes - haha death first
 
2020-04-05 8:43:40 AM  

starsrift: Probably more like the hospital is running out of money. Covid 19 ain't a moneymaker.


I suspect my local hospital is looking to win big on it. They know their revenue is down with cancelled elective surgeries and other regular traffic. The are processing somewhere in the neighborhood of $16 mil in line of credits right now to get the ball rolling instead of trying to cover operating expenses later (if they need it) They don't want to have to round up funds after covid hits the country harder. They are trying to round up extra resources, renting extra ventilators and such to handle a larger outbreak but they are not being proactive with mitigating the people that were working around the few confirmed positives we've had thus far. They are saving their tests so the ones who really need a test have one available. (why don't we have many tests this far in?) I believe it's an insane plan on the community health front,- and my local public health dept still hasn't told me how many people they have actually screened (They said they'd get the numbers weekly starting Friday and release them). Our public health dept said they have a plan for the ability to handle something like this on Mar 20. To date nothing has come to fruition.
 
2020-04-05 9:30:38 AM  
linked to a hysterectomy that her insurance did not cover.

MURICA!!!
 
2020-04-05 10:04:20 AM  

jso2897: Before some idiot comes in here and says "The cases were dismissed, whatchoo libs whinging about", the point is that these people displayed their true impulses before they were caught and shamed - and now we know who they are.
This is for-profit medicine - and it's a business, not a profession.
If you don't like it, you have to change the system. Expecting decency on the part of the ownership class is absurd.


How dare those poor people be poor.
 
2020-04-05 10:06:29 AM  
When this started, orange bag-o-shiat stood up in front of the cameras and said, "The insurance companies will cover 100% of COVID treatment."  The insurance companies responded with, 'We're gonna do what now?"

Tens of thousands will be bankrupted for COVID treatment, sadly most will learn nothing from their plight.
 
2020-04-05 10:10:55 AM  
I'm Canadian and live in the US.
The thing I miss the most other than Cheezies, Mars and Crispy Crunch bars is free health care but hey free market.
 
2020-04-05 11:18:13 AM  
"This lady came to my door. She didn't have a mask on. She didn't have gloves.

Counter sue the hospital for putting your life in danger.
 
2020-04-05 11:28:18 AM  
Hit paydirt with Froedtert.
 
2020-04-05 12:03:38 PM  
Hospitals are retaining statute of limitations on the debt.  I was starting to feel bad for this woman until I read the end.  Not an emergency and she chose the hospital for a procedure without checking to see if her insurance were accepted.  had she made a phone call to her insurance company and chosen one of the other hospitals it actually took it she wouldn't be in this situation. Yes, medical debt is a racket and I have personally been caught up in it as well. so I now check for facilities that take my insurance before I choose any doctor or facility for anything.

I also worked in healthcare for 17 years and know of a number of hospitals that went bankrupt which caused thousands of people to lose their job including me. Well I agree some policies need to change for emergency situations and more affordable healthcare, I can't really feel outraged because somebody chose a hospital for procedure without validating that her insurance is accepted. so yes, she should have to pay the debt back or she should have chosen the hospital that accepted her insurance which would have cut her cost considerably.
 
2020-04-05 12:53:42 PM  

Northern: So nice the governor considers medical debt collections as an essential business during these difficult times.
Yet another obvious sign that our system is broken beyond repair.


As has every other state operating under such orders.
https://www.serve-now.com/resources/co​vid-19
 
2020-04-05 12:59:13 PM  

jso2897: Before some idiot comes in here and says "The cases were dismissed, whatchoo libs whinging about", the point is that these people displayed their true impulses before they were caught and shamed - and now we know who they are.
This is for-profit medicine - and it's a business, not a profession.
If you don't like it, you have to change the system. Expecting decency on the part of the ownership class is absurd.


Froedtert Hospital, located in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, is a teaching hospital and a Level I adult trauma center, one of two such facilities in Wisconsin. Froedtert is the primary teaching affiliate of the Medical College of Wisconsin, where MCW students and residents receive their clinical education. It is also a non-profit organization.
 
2020-04-05 8:58:34 PM  
Most major hospitals are "non-profit".. in other words, the building itself... everything else is a part of a different for profit institution.  ER doctors are part of "Emergency Department Drs Inc".  Need a radiologist?  Radiology Drs Inc.  All for-profit and each has their own separate "Charity Care" department.
 
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