New York hospital debt-collection lawsuits lead to court delays

Lawsuits filed by Glens Falls (N.Y.) Hospital against people over unpaid medical bills have led to court delays, according to The Post-Star.

Glen Falls City Court Clerk Greta Guarino told the newspaper patients who answer summonses are scheduled for mediation sessions, and the court may issue a default judgement if the patient does not answer.

But the volume of needed mediation sessions has grown to the point that there is a delay in setting new court dates, according to The Post-Star. Court dates now are booked until the end of September.

The hospital has sued more than 60 people over unpaid medical bills this year, the newspaper reported. The hospital sued eight people last year, the newspaper said.

Read The Post-Star's full report here

 

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