Thursday, June 24, 2004

Hispanic group plans civil rights complaint against Nashville-based HCA

"A Hispanic advocacy group plans to file a complaint against HCA Inc. with the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over the company's handling of charity care, according to Reuters."

"Officials with Consejo de Latinos Unidos, based in Los Angeles, says HCA patients are routinely not informed about discount options and are subjected to aggressive collection tactics."

"'We are sick and tired of this egregious behavior against the uninsured,' K.B. Forbes, executive director of the group, said at a press conference in New York."

"Three HCA patients attended the press conference that Forbes held and detailed how they were charged fees far above what an insurance company would receive for the same procedure. One patient at a HCA hospital in Denver said he was billed $22,000 for an appendectomy that would have cost a health plan $6,000."

Nashville Business Journal, Reuters

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