November 3, 2015

Tuesday's Number: $297,246

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
  • 18 new judgments to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers, totaling $302,746
  • one satisfied judgment, for $5,500 
  • and no bankruptcies.

Here’s the breakdown by hospital:
  • Crouse had one, for $5,844
  • St Joe's added one, for $5,766
  • SUNY Upstate had 17, totaling $258,636, which included the $5,500 credit

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