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Yale Medical students call for community oversight of hospital charity care

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Health System and the
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Uncharitable Care:
Yale-New Haven Hospital's Charity Care and
Collections Practices

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Charity and Collections
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Thousands in our community face crippling debt to the Yale-New Haven Health System, even though they may have qualified for free care.

Yale-New Haven Hospital and Bridgeport Hospital have pursued aggressive debt-collection practices—including liens, wage garnishments and foreclosures—even though they have millions of dollars set aside for free care for patients who can't pay.

The Hospital Debt Justice Project is fighting for fair treatment and accountability from our community hospitals.

If you have suffered from unfair debt to
Yale-New Haven Hospital,
Yale School of Medicine,
Yale Diagnostic Radiology or
Bridgeport Hospital,
call 203 777-9880 or 800 478-0635

It's important for hospitals to provide fair and accessible healthcare to all members of the community, regardless of their ability to pay. The fact that some patients who may have qualified for free care are facing crippling debt from Yale-New Haven Health System is concerning.

It's also important for hospitals to be transparent about their financial assistance programs and to make sure that patients are informed about these options. Aggressive debt-collection practices like liens, wage garnishments, and foreclosures can further harm already vulnerable patients and families.

The Hospital Debt Justice Project's efforts to advocate for fair treatment and accountability from community hospitals are commendable. It's important to hold hospitals accountable for their actions and to push for policies that prioritize the well-being of patients over profit.

In addition to advocating for fair treatment and accountability, the Hospital Debt Justice Project can also provide support and resources to individuals and families who are struggling with medical debt. This could include connecting them with legal services, financial counseling, and other forms of assistance.

It's important to remember that medical debt can have significant and long-lasting impacts on individuals and families, including potential harm to their credit scores, housing stability, and overall financial well-being. By advocating for fair and transparent policies and providing support to those in need, the Hospital Debt Justice Project can help alleviate some of these burdens.

It's also worth noting that the issue of medical debt is a broader systemic problem that requires attention and action from policymakers and healthcare providers at all levels. Efforts to address this issue could include expanding access to affordable healthcare, improving financial assistance programs, and limiting aggressive debt-collection practices.

Ultimately, the goal should be to create a healthcare system that is equitable, affordable, and accessible to all members of the community, regardless of their income or ability to pay. The Hospital Debt Justice Project's advocacy and support can be an important part of this broader effort to ensure that healthcare is a right, not a privilege.

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Read our handbook for Connecticut hospital patients.

  • How to get financial assistance
  • What to do about debt collectors
  • What to do if the hospital sues for the bill
  • What happens if the hospital wins a lawsuit

Claim your rights and keep our community hospitals accountable to their charitable missions!

(Read the handbook online or download a PDF version.)

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