Better is forgiving $1M worth of medical debt in Texas as part of a campaign to abolish $16M in medical debt across the US.
In this blog post, they tell the story of 7-year-old Ava Pettit who was bitten by a dog. Ava was seen by four doctors at an in-network hospital covered by her parents’ medical insurance. But not one of the doctors who tended to her was in-network. The total bill was $3,697.75.
You might think this was just bad luck, that not one of the doctors that treated their daughter was in-network. However, according to reporting by Deam and a report by Stacy Pogue from the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CCCP), luck had nothing to do with it. Using statistics from the three largest insurers in the state (Human, Blue Cross and United), Pogue’s report demonstrates that there are more than 300 hospitals in Texas where the hospital may be in-network, but there is not a single in-network ER doctor.
Said Pogue: “It’s a system totally rigged against patients. They can’t win.”
She uses the word rigged because, unlike Ava Pettit’s injury, this total absence of in-network doctors is not accidental. It seems to be a business strategy that takes advantage of people when they are most vulnerable.
There are countless stories of patients getting hit by unexpected medical bills like those incurred by Ava Pettit.
That’s why Better stepped in to help Texans like the Pettit family. By abolishing their debts, these families no longer have the burden of this debt so they can get on with their lives.
For more information on the issues surrounding medical debt, please contact RIP Medical Debt.