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A Growing Problem For Hospitals, Medical Practices: Unpaid Bills

The Tennessean examines the issue of unpaid medical bills. Also in the news, more than a million doses of controlled drugs have been stolen from Emory University Hospital Midtown, and a controversial ballot issue in Massachusetts is causing a split within the hospital industry.

USA Today/The Tennessean: Why More Than Half Of Hospital Bills Don’t Get Paid
Hospitals and medical practices share a growing problem with those they treat: Patients aren’t paying their bills. Working people are on the hook for an increasingly large portion of the cost of their care, as insurance policies pay for less. It’s a trend that is not reversing — and it’s causing financial distress for families and CEOs alike. (Fletcher, 3/8)

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