Tuesday, August 23, 2005

A hospital sues its patients

A non-profit hospital corporation has sued a group of uninsured patients who claim they were overcharged.

The countersuit by Sutter Health Inc., which operates hospitals across California, was filed in response to a class-action suit by the patients seeking relief from what they called “exorbitant” charges.

The hospital is seeking to collect the difference between what the uninsured patients paid and the total amount billed.

“The caregivers at Sutter hospitals are deeply disappointed in Sutter for its public show of greed and cynicism,” said Sal Rosselli, president of SEIU United Healthcare Workers West, which represents 4,500 Sutter employees.

A hospital spokesman called the patients’ suit “baseless and misdirected” and explained that the countersuit was intended only to weed out the wealthy patients who chose not to buy health insurance. “Sutter Health has a generous policy of caring for uninsured patients,” the spokesman said.

Read the Fairfield Daily Republic story here.

Read the union’s press release here.

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