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Objects in Mirror: February 23, 2009 Archive

Have unpaid bills become a problem for health care institutions?

Posted at 2:48 PM on February 23, 2009 by Julia Schrenkler

Have unpaid bills become a problem for health care institutions? That's the provocative question posed in the discussion, Bumping Medical Bills to the Back of the Line:

Erin Lund doesn't feel that bad about paying medical bills late. The nurse from Duluth said she can't muster up the guilt when insurance costs are rising. So those health care bills go to the bottom of the pile.

"They're not the priority," Lund told MPR News. "Because we've already paid co-pays and insurance premiums. (O)ther expenses often times come before medical bills. They sometimes end up in collections though, and we try to pay them before that happens."

So have unpaid bills become a problem for health care institutions?

Is it a matter of budgeting priorities? Or of billing confusion? Share your comments in the online discussion and help Minnesota Public Radio understand your story.

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