#HospitalFail - Tennessee




Pro Publica: Low-Wage Workers Are Being Sued for Unpaid Medical Bills by a Nonprofit Christian Hospital That Employs Them

Wendi C. Thomas, June 28, 2019

"From 2014 through 2018, the hospital system affiliated with the United Methodist Church has filed more than 8,300 lawsuits against patients, including its own workers. After winning judgments, it has sought to garnish the wages of more than 160 Methodist workers and has actually done so in more than 70 instances over that time, according to an MLK50-ProPublica analysis of Shelby County General Sessions Court records, online docket reports and case files."


New York Times: With Medical Bills Skyrocketing, More Hospitals Are Suing for Payment

Sarah Kliff, November 8, 2019

"In many instances, court fees and interest add to patients’ debt. In Tennessee, for example, where medical debt can accrue 10 percent in annual interest, bills can balloon if hospitals wait to collect."


Pro Publica: The Nonprofit Hospital That Makes Millions, Owns a Collection Agency and Relentlessly Sues the Poor

Wendi C. Thomas, June 27, 2019

"From 2014 through 2018, Methodist filed more than 8,300 lawsuits, according to an MLK50-ProPublica analysis of Shelby County General Sessions Court records. Older cases like Barrett’s, which dates back nearly a decade, remain on the court’s docket."


Columbia Daily Herald: Medical debt lawsuits are ‘flooding’ Tennessee, sending the sick and poor to court

Adam Tamburin, November 21, 2020

"Tennessee’s sprawling network of county courts, which all collect data differently, make it hard to say exactly how many Tennesseans are being sued for unpaid medical bills, but there is ample evidence the issue is widespread."