Ballad Health Filed More Than 6,700 Lawsuits Regarding Medical Debt Last Year

Tennessee-based hospital conglomerate Ballad Health filed more than 6,700 lawsuits against patients last year highlighting concerns over skyrocketing medical debt, The New York Times reports. The company, which oversees more than 20 hospitals in Virginia and Tennessee, has filed over 44,000 lawsuits since 2009, with the number of suits typically increasing on an annual basis. Executive Vice President for System Innovation and Chief Population Health Officer Anthony Keck said the company is only pursuing patients who have the means to pay but choose not to; however, detractors contend healthcare companies are targeting people who appear they can pay, but cannot afford the higher deductibles stipulated by insurance companies.

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