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Reference > Gouging the Poor
Description :: Barbara Ehrenreich, The Progressive, February 5, 2004
[Note: the arrests described were caused by missing a court date, not by having a debt ... nothing is set of the ways in which hospitals are legally forcing people to pay their debts.]

This article is mostly useful for anecdotal evidence of the high price of health care and the lessening interest in providing healthcare to those who need it with mercy rather than invoices. Part of a larger case for federally-funded health care, mostly because of the whim of insurance companies and the pricing policies of hospitals. (I hadn't ever quite seen the ratio of 1:4 between insured and uninsured patient costs.)

Worthy of discussion and a few grains of salt.

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Link :: http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=17762
Owned by Unordained - Created on 02/05/2004 - Never edited

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