'UVA Has Ruined Us'
Health system sues thousands of patients, seizing paychecks and claiming homes.
Pain For Past Patients Persists
Patients were thrilled last month when UVA announced it would scale back lawsuits and provide more financial assistance, but the excitement has waned.
The Virginia hospital giant had already stopped suing patients with less than $107,000 in household income.
The University of Virginia promised reforms but has stopped short of announcing them, while hospital giant VCU Health has freed tens of thousands from property liens.
The bold move by the giant hospital system will help thousands of patients in the wake of a Kaiser Health News investigation last year.
The influential trade association has said little over the years as health systems, including those of its own trustees, seized patients’ incomes and assets. Now it is reevaluating.
A letter from the Senate Finance Committee chairman questions the University of Virginia Health System about its financial assistance policies, billing practices and prices.
Patients at VCU Health will no longer be taken to court and can more easily get financial assistance to pay their bills.
But critics say the new policy still leaves some patients exposed to lawsuits and crippling bills.
KHN reported this week that the University of Virginia Health System has filed 36,000 lawsuits against patients the past six years.
A Kaiser Health News investigation, which first appeared in The Washington Post, showed that the University of Virginia Health System has sued patients 36,000 times for more than $106 million.