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 (judgments+bankruptcies, minus satisfied judgments) is $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 cities, towns and villages in neighboring counties.
This week, the first Tuesday’s Number of 2016, there were
- 21 new judgments to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers, totaling $290,672
- no satisfied judgments, and
- one bankruptcies, for $6,763
- Crouse had two, for $12,131
- St. Joe's had two, including the bankruptcy, for a total of $13,737
- SUNY Upstate had sixteen, totaling $246,398
The paper publishes only those accounts of at least $5,000.