Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Local Healthcare Hard Luck Revealed

Worthwhile read on a BROKEN system that probably can't be fixed with a couple weeks of rioting . . . Read more:

An Olathe Hospital Sued Thousands for Medical Debt, and Dozens Went to Jail

Haley Graves was running across the deck of her family's home in 2018 when she hit a patch of ice and went down on her right arm, breaking it in two places. Her mother, Debbie Graves, packed her injured daughter into her car for the five-minute drive to Olathe Medical Center.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Once again an alarmist, bullshit headline.
People do not go to jail for non-payment of debts in the United States.
They went to jail for Contempt of Court because they refused to appear in court to answer a Court Summons.

Anonymous said...

^^^^^True Dat

Anonymous said...

I'm concerned that the Court is issuing a warrant. The creditor has the debtor served, the debtor is given a court date and that the date could get continued. The disconnect is the failure to appear. Why issue a warrant? Failure to appear should be an automatic judgement in favor of the creditor. No need for a warrant. If the debtor wants to appeal later then so be it.

I would suspect the creditors are using jail as leverage and this practice should stop.

Anonymous said...

I don't know about this case, but yes, debtors are going to jail despite it being illegal to do so.

https://www.newsweek.com/us-courts-arresting-and-jailing-thousands-over-civil-debts-without-due-process-814939

Anonymous said...

I hope the Emergency Room physicians group feels good about saddling a 24 year old autistic woman with that bill for 23 years. Sleazy way to get paid !

Anonymous said...

^^^If she can't pay the judgment, then the doctors won't collect. Eventually they will deem it a bad debt and account for it as such. Filing a collection lawsuit is a last resort, although of course Flatline doesn't describe it as such. Creditors try to reach some payment plan with the debtor before they sue. It's only when the debtor does not cooperate or respond that the creditor has to file. And even then the debtor can negotiate and settle the debt. Ignoring the problem only makes it worse.

Anonymous said...

^^Exactly.
Bottom line. Go to Court when summoned and let the Court decide on a Judgement and to mediate a payment plan between the two.

Anonymous said...

Obamacare for all....

Anonymous said...

Medicare for all...

Anonymous said...

Olathe is a terrible hospital. I have driven right past it to go to KU MED instead.