Should Hospitals Continue to Sue Over Medical Debt During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered all state-run hospitals in New York to stop suing patients over unpaid medical bills, and most major private hospitals followed suit. However, New York’s largest health system, Northwell Health, continued to sue patients over unpaid medical debt. Northwell argued that they offered generous financial assistance programs and only sued patients who had the means to repay their debts. However, some patients who lost work during the pandemic or who became sick with COVID-19 claim that repaying these debts will leave them unable to pay rent or buy other necessities.
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, all state-run hospitals in New York were ordered to stop suing patients over unpaid bills, but some private hospitals continued seeking payment. Are you for or against hospitals suing over medical debt during the pandemic?
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