October 6, 2015

Tuesday's Number: $210,382

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

  • nine new judgments to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers totaling $194,480,
  • no satisfied judgments, and
  • one bankruptcy, for $15,902.

Here’s the breakdown by hospital:

  • Crouse had four, totaling $31,439
  • St Joe's had one, for $15,902
  • SUNY had four, for $38,688

A local rehab facility had the last filing, making up the $124,353 difference.

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