Opinion: Hospitals Often Reap the Profits of Saddling Their Patients with Medical Debt

Daniella Cressman

Hospitals are places that people are often skeptical of, especially in the U.S.A.—Unfortunately, too much corruption and injustice occur in our healthcare system, and it seems deeply unfair that people have to pay for life-saving care, especially when they simply cannot afford to.

Individuals who require medical care are extremely fragile, and they deserve to be taken care of—for a very reasonable price, if not for free. Unfortunately, too many hospitals profit off of the misery and pain that people are experiencing, raking in enormous profits and saddling patients with arguably unnecessary debts for an inordinate amount of time.

Hospitals often profit while patients continue to suffer from medical bills that seem to endlessly add up, and this is a problem nationwide in the United States of America. As a result, many medical institutions have grown wary by metaphorically stepping on the toes of those who are the most desperate.

33% of Americans have medical debt and owe money for hospitalization, according to a poll conducted by KFF—that constitutes almost half of America's population at large, which is deeply disturbing considering that this country is supposed to be a haven for people from every background—healthcare should either be free or significantly more affordable. Around 25% owe at least $10,000 and many are relentlessly pursued by collectors if they cannot pay their hospital bills—sometimes, hospitals even sell their former patients' debts.

"...Overall, about a third of the 100 million adults in the U.S. with health care debt owe money for a hospitalization, according to a poll conducted by KFF for this project. Close to half of those owe at least $5,000..." —Noam Levey

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