We’ve been highly focused on the issue of surprise medical bills, one of the important drivers of debilitating medical debt. Now the issue is getting increased attention on Capitol Hill.
There’s another culprit in the debacle that is soaring medical debt in America: Deductibles.
Network will “forgive as much as $20 million in debt, pay $2.22 million in refunds, pay the Attorney General’s Office $2.46 million, and rehabilitate the credit of thousands of patients who qualified for charity care between 2012 and 2017 but did not receive it.”
It’s called “upstreamism,” and understanding the concept may go a long way to understanding health outcomes in America and beyond.
We’ve written frequently about the ways that hospitals, doctors and bill collectors seek to collect medical debt from patients. It seems providers in South Carolina have a new tact.
What can be done about America’s runaway medical debt? How’d we get here? That’s the subject of this conversation and a new book, ‘End Medical Debt: Curing America’s $1 Trillion Unpayable Healthcare Debt.’