Wednesday 23 October 2019

Use of debt collectors at hospital 'needs to stop'

The 'threatening' use of debt collection agencies by hospitals to chase down late payments or bills of patients who cannot afford to pay is "incredibly regressive".

That's according to Sinn Féin General Election candidate Councillor Chris MacManus.

MacManus made the comments as it was revealed that hospitals across the state spent over half a million euros in 2018 on debt collection agencies including €9,016 by Sligo University Hospital.

Councillor MacManus said:

"The use of debt collection agencies by Sligo University Hospital to collect hospital charges is a regressive measure.

"I don't believe that SUH should be engaged in the use of private debt collection agencies to harass and threaten patients, many of whom are not in a position to pay these bills.

"While some people deliberately dodge paying these charges, the majority of people who don't pay them can't pay them.

"I know from experience that many are elderly people."

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