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How Nonprofit Hospitals Are Seizing Patients’ Wages

Northwest Financial Services first sued Keith and Katie Herie when they couldn't afford the $14,000 bill for Katie's emergency appendectomy. Since 2006, the Heries have had almost $20,000 taken from their wages to repay medical bills, and still owe at least $26,000, with interest mounting. (Steve Herbert for ProPublica)
Northwest Financial Services first sued Keith and Katie Herie when they couldn't afford the $14,000 bill for Katie's emergency appendectomy. Since 2006, the Heries have had almost $20,000 taken from their wages to repay medical bills, and still owe at least $26,000, with interest mounting. (Steve Herbert for ProPublica)

One Missouri hospital has sued thousands of uninsured patients who couldn’t pay for their care, then grabbed a hefty portion of their paychecks to cover...




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