Cooper, Zack, James Han, and Neale Mahoney (2021). Bills Increased By 37 Percent In Wisconsin From 2001 To 2018. Health Affairs, 40(12):1830–1835. DOI: 10.1377/hlthaff.2021.01130
We analyzed Wisconsin court records from the period 2001–18 to document trends in hospital lawsuits to recover patients’ unpaid medical bills. These lawsuits increased 37 percent during this period, from 1.12 per 1,000 residents in 2001 to 1.53 per 1,000 residents in 2018, with lawsuits being disproportionately directed at Black patients and patients living in poorer and less densely populated counties.
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