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How Nonprofit Hospitals Are Seizing Patients’ Wages

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 the bills. “We will be paying them off until we die,” one debtor said.

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From the E.R. to the Courtroom: How Nonprofit Hospitals Are Seizing Patients’ Wages

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From the E.R. to the Courtroom: How Nonprofit Hospitals Are Seizing Patients' Wages

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