Struggle

As Patients Struggle With Bills, Hospital Sues Thousands

michael barbaro

From The New York Times, I’m Michael Barbaro. This is “The Daily.”

Today: for decades hospitals could assume that patients with jobs and health insurance would pay their medical bills. Sarah Kliff on why that’s no longer the case and the aggressive new way that hospitals are forcing those patients to pay up.

It’s Monday, December 2.

sarah kliff

Hi, Amanda.

amanda sturgill

Hi!

sarah kliff

It’s been a while.

amanda sturgill

It has been. Hi.

michael barbaro

Sarah, tell me about Amanda Sturgill.

amanda sturgill

Oh, yeah.

sarah kliff

So Amanda is 41 years old. She lives in this tiny little town in rural Virginia called Norton.

amanda sturgill

It’s very small. I don’t even know why it’s called a city, because it’s not very big.

sarah kliff

She has four children. She’s a single mom.

michael barbaro

Sarah Kliff writes about health care for The Times.

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