September 1, 2015

Tuesday's Number: $40,079

Tuesday is the day my local paper, the Syracuse Post-Standard, publishes the weekly business section. In addition to special features, tips from stock experts, budgeting advice and the like, we get the judgment and bankruptcy listings.

Since mid-2012, I’ve been tracking health care related filings. I include anything that is likely a patient debt owed to a hospital, nursing home, physician or physician group, medical supplier, and so on; I do not include filings by insurance companies, many of which are so diversified it would not be a fair assumption that the filing is related to medical care or health insurance. 

  • This week, there were six judgments to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers totaling $48,405.
  • There was one satisfied judgment, totaling $8,326
  • And there were no bankruptcies.

 Here’s the breakdown by hospital: 

  • Crouse had two, for $13,328
  • St. Joe’s had two, for $17,369, and
  • SUNY Upstate had two, totaling $17,708
  • Community had none

When there are any, I subtract the repayments from the overall totals and from the individual hospital totals, under the likelihood that they’ve already been incorporated into the numbers at some point now. This week, a local medical practice got the $8,300 credit. 

The paper publishes only those accounts of at least $5,000.