Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare suspends court collection cases it files against poor patients

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Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has bowed to public pressure and now is suspending court cases after a scathing report exposed its practice of suing the poor in Memphis over and over again.

The report by MLK 50 and ProPublica found the non-profit hospital system sues about six patients every day, including its own employees, and even has its own collection agency.

From 2014 through 2018, the hospital system filed more than 8,300 lawsuits.

Methodist released a statement saying, “Over the next 30 days, it will be reviewing their policies” and “will immediately suspend any further court collection activities during this period.”

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