NC Treasurer’s Report Critical Of How Hospitals Bill Poor

RALEIGH, N.C. — A report on North Carolina’s nonprofit hospitals is critical of how they bill the poor for medical care.

Wednesday’s report from the State Health Plan and the National Academy of State Health Policy says that too often the poor are billed when those hospitals should write the expenses off.

State Treasurer Dale Folwell and a bipartisan group of lawmakers want reforms.

Calculations on fewer than 20% of the nonprofit hospitals in 2019 found $149 million in billings to patients who should have qualified for charity care.

The state’s lobbying group for hospitals defended their charity care spending and community investment activity as “transparent and accountable.”