Medical Debt is a Burden for Both Health Providers and Patients

POPLAR BLUFF, MO-JULY 19: A pair of ambulances that serve both southeast Missouri and northeast Arkansas are parked in the ambulance bay at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Missouri on July 19, 2019. An accident victim can be billed for very expensive ambulance transport services when it may not have been their choice to use the service. Because many rural hospitals have closed, the average trip by ambulance is longer and much more expensive as it must travel farther to the nearest hospital in many cases. The Poplar Bluff area in southeast Missouri is a part of the country where both healthcare providers and medical care recipients have been burdened by medical related costs. There are scores of people in the area who are being sued by the local hospital for medical bills they cannot pay. The hospital feels it has no choice but to pursue the cases as rural patients are visiting the emergency room in record numbers and increasingly defaulting on their bills. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Medical Debt is a Burden for Both Health Providers and Patients : News Photo
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