Washington Post Calls Attention to UVA Health System's Debt Collection Practices
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - University of Virginia Health System is at the center of a new Washington Post article calling attention to the hospital's debt collection practices. The article says UVA on average sues more than 6,000 patients a year for unpaid medical bills - many of them low-income and unable to pay.
The post reports, before July 2017, UVA sued people owing as little as $13. After that, the hospital's policy was amended to only sue patients with debts exceeding $1,000 dollars.
In a statement to NBC29, UVA Health System says it is currently reviewing its practices and hopes to announce changes by Friday to "better help low-income patients afford their medical bills."