January 12, 2007
Hospital Chain Agrees to Refund Money in Over Charging Suit
A settlement providing as much as $423 million in refunds and discounts to more than 780,000 uninsured patients at Catholic Healthcare West hospitals was approved Thursday by a Superior Court judge.
The nonprofit company, which operates 43 hospitals in California, Nevada and Arizona, was accused in an October 2005 lawsuit of overcharging its uninsured patients and sending aggressive collection agencies after them when they couldn't pay.
This settlement may affect the common practice of charging uninsured patients more than insured patients for the same service.
You can read the full story at SFGate.com.
You can find the settlement information here.
Posted by Staff at 10:04 AM
Category: Health Disparities; Health Inequities