Breast Cancer Survivor Deals with Medical Debt

A breast cancer survivor from Illinois was put in jail for a medical bill that was in her name by mistake, according to an article recently published in the Huffington Post claiming that this is the latest example of aggressive debt collector tactics.

However, it is hard to think that a revenue cycle management company is scheming against cancer patients, when they generally would have the integrity of the business in mind. What happened was that breast cancer survivor Lisa Lindsay of Herrin, Illinois was put in a debtor’s prison for a $280 medical bill that was accidentally sent to her, according to the Associated Press reports. The bill was then sent to a collections agency and Lindsay ended paying $600 to settle the charges.

The Huffington Posts reports that situations like that one that happened to Lindsay are becoming more common due to the fact that one third of the states in the United States allow people that owe a significant amount of money to become imprisoned. This problem is reported to be very common particularly in Illinois. In fact, in order to control the situation, a bill to prevent debtors from going to jail is going to be heard in the Illinois state Senate after passing the House of Representatives.

It is important to recognize that Lindsay’s case and others in Illinois are isolated events and do not necessarily apply across the collections industry.

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Marina April 25th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Even if the bill WAS actually hers, this is completely wrong. People who owe thousands upon thousands of dollars of medical debt are usually not just cheap jerks who refuse to pay – they’re people who simply CAN’T pay.

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