This is the fourth full year I’ve been tracking these numbers – I captured part of the year in 2012 – and the third year that I’ve captured filings by hospital. 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.
In the first three years, the overall total was $67,965,862 – a staggering amount of money for a relatively small metropolitan area that includes the city of Syracuse and her suburbs, the towns and villages of Onondaga County, and to a lesser extent, some of the even smaller neighboring towns and villages. As I reported in the 2015 recap, we turned sharply down last year – some $7M – and the hope is that we will continue to see progress in the overall total. Of course, a better sign of health would be an increase in the number of satisfied judgments; people’s ability to pay off their debt (or their willingness, as the case may be) is something else I’m hoping to see this year.
There were 20 new judgments this week, totaling $260,810; there were five satisfied judgments, the first in four weeks, totaling $36,287. And again, there were no satisfied judgments; it’s been ten weeks since we had an obvious health-care related bankruptcy.
Here’s the breakdown by hospital:
- Crouse had one, for $7,040
- St. Joe’s picked up five, for $75,082
- SUNY Upstate had 14, including all of the repayments, for a net of $142,401
The paper only publishes filings of $5,000 or more.