December 15, 2015

Tuesday's Number: ($113,082)

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, a slow week to be sure, there were 
  • six new judgments to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers, totaling $58,530
  • one satisfied judgment, for $171,432 and
  • no bankruptcies

Here’s the breakdown by hospital:
  • Crouse had two, totaling $22,900
  • St. Joe's had one, for $6,283
  • SUNY Upstate had four, for a net negative of $142,265

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