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06 February 2015 @ 06:14 am
First, do no harm  
Nonprofit hospitals soaking the poor.

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nancylebov: green leavesnancylebov on February 6th, 2015 07:09 pm (UTC)
I get the impression the hospital would actually have been paid more reliably if it looked for aid poor patients were qualified for.
Johnjohnpalmer on February 9th, 2015 12:56 am (UTC)
It's true, but there are a lot of people in finance (including debt collection) who have a mindset of "don't listen to excuses or sob stories - GET THE MONEY."

And, face it, it's lower cost up front if you don't go seeking to help those who can get help.

But yeah - it's probably a matter of losing money at the back end by saving a few pennies on the front.
Maia Cmaiac on February 6th, 2015 08:44 pm (UTC)
The shocking aspect of this story is that a Republican Senator is taking the side of the poor people.
don_fitch on February 6th, 2015 10:22 pm (UTC)
I dunno about "shocking" -- it's quite possible that the hospital(s) in question neglected or refused to contribute substantial amounts of money to the politician's Election Campaigns.

(I think it more likely that a Democrat would take the "support the poor people" ideological approach than a Republican, and hope that a Democrat would be less influenced by (what amounts to) bribery, but... umm.. "less =/= entirely un-". I'm guessing that the Republican thought he might pick up a few more votes by taking this stance. (I'm also assuming that some Republicans, including Politicians belonging to that Party, are decent people ... and that it might be more complex than that -- imprisoning people for debt, for example, might be more costly of tax monies than Conservatives want to see.) )