Black Patients Disproportionately Impacted by Johns Hopkins’ Medical Debt Lawsuits

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital has targeted low-income and African American patients in thousands of lawsuits for unpaid medical bills, a new report by the AFL-CIO, National Nurses United, and the Coalition for a Humane Hopkins claimed.

The Baltimore-area hospital filed more than 2,400 lawsuits in Maryland courts from 2009 to 2018 seeking payment for medical debt. According to the report, the lawsuits have targeted low-income patients, many of whom likely qualify for reduced or charity-covered payments.  

The median medical debt among former patients was $1,438, and 46 percent of the suits were filed against patients living in Baltimore. The report found that most patients who have been sued live in predominantly African American and low-income zip codes.

“It’s tragic that Johns Hopkins has strayed so far from one of its core values to provide exceptional care to low-income people,” AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler said in a…

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