Hôtel-Dieu de Paris (hospital) circa 1500. The comparatively well patients (on the right) were separated from the very ill (on the left).
Sen. Charles Grassey (R-Iowa) says he’s astounded that nonprofit hospitals sue to seize the wages of poor and working-class patients who owe them money. Given how many Americans still have no health insurance, and the world’s most expensive hospital services, that, of course, is a lot of money. Why would he be surprised that hospitals are going after deadbeats, poor or otherwise, given the structure of the American healthcare ”system”?
The big question is: What will it all look like in five years after the Affordable Care Act gets killed or survives?