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Patient uses law to secure discount on hospital bill

After trying for months to get some relief on $72,000 in medical debt, Andy Gee has made some progress.   Our center profiled Gee, of San...

Diagnosis of Debt: Protect yourself from medical debt

The California Report's host Rachel Myrow and Kelley Weiss talk about tips for avoiding medical debt burdens. Transcript below. Medical...

Diagnosis of Debt: Will help come from government?

We’ve heard a lot about how medical debt is at an all-time high and hurting patients and hospitals alike. So what role does the...

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KQED's Forum: Reporter Kelley Weiss discusses medical debt

Broadcast reporter Kelley Weiss was a guest on KQED Public Radio's Forum to discuss medical debt.  An increasing number of Americans say they're being pushed into financial ruin by medical debt. Some 20 percent of those seeking financial counseling cite an inability to pay medical bills as the primary factor in declaring bankruptcy. What measures can people take to protect their financial health?

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Andrew Gee, software engineer who was injured in an accident in October last year and now faces more than $70,000 in medical debt.
  • Jan Emerson-Shea, vice president of external affairs at the California Hospital Association.
  • Kelley Weiss, reporter at the CHCF Center for Health Reporting.
  • Laurie Sobel, senior attorney at the Consumers Union focusing on health care issues.
  • Todd Nelson, technical director for senior financial executives with the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

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