Americans Owe $140 Billion in Medical Debt to Collection Agencies

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A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that Americans now have over $140 billion in unpaid medical bills owed to collection agencies. The figure is nearly twice as high as the most recent data from several years ago. But the country’s total medical debt is even higher, as the $140 billion does not include bills owed directly to health providers or credit card debt from medical expenses. Republican-run states that chose not to expand Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act had the highest debts.

domestic empire says:

Don’t Let It Happen Here

If the Tories get their way and push through privatisation of the NHS, UK citizens will similarly face mountainous debt. The health of the UK should not be in private hands. The NHS is public property, and must remain so. Vote to protect the NHS. Vote out Tories.

Sources:

Medical Debt in the US, 2009-2020 (American Medical Association)

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2782187

All this Spin Is Making Me Dizzy

Or,
‘Meanwhile, Back At The NHS’

Stop Government Snooping, scream emotive headlines all the way across civil liberty groups to mainstream media, but are they concentrating on the real story? Yes, I think so. As far as the government press office would have you think.

The alleged new laws under proposals would allow the monitoring of all emails, texts and web use in the UK is a text book example of how a government attempts to manoeuvre focus away from a controversial story by manufacturing an even greater one in its place.

The more dramatic and emotive this slight of hand can be made to appear, the greater its desired effect.

The present uproar concerning privacy, tactically, ironically or perhaps even coincidentally announced on April 1st, is a deliberate ploy of misdirection designed to draw attention away from the genuine story. In this instance it is the break up of the NHS.

Don’t be fooled. As much as the government would love to pass a law that allows them unprecedented access to the private communications of an entire country, such desires are well below those that wish to disband the NHS and in doing so, cream off a tidy profit for themselves and their cronies.

If one looks into the story you will see there’s very little detail there. Just enough to allow people’s imagination to do the rest.

Classic spin. Seems to be working too. They say ‘Jump’ and the media say, ‘Is this high enough?’

Now let’s all get back to the NHS shall we?

Update
Oh look, here’s a surprise: Government retreats on digital ‘Big Brother’ plan. NOW can we can we get back to the NHS?

Links

The fight for the NHS is not over: this is what we need to do now (The Guardian)
Our NHS Future (Facebook Group)
Clinical commissioning group GPs financial links with private providers (False Economy)
GPs’ shares in private healthcare firms prompt conflict of interest fears (The Guardian)
Email and web use ‘to be monitored’ under new laws (BBC News)

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