Most NYC Hospitals Provide Uninsured Patients With Information On Financial Assistance
Under the law, which took effect in January, all
For the survey, City Council personnel posed as patients or their relatives andmade one call and one visit to 59 hospitals in the city. The investigationfound that staff at 42 of the hospitals gave information about financial aidwithout prompting, while staff at nine hospitals did not offer the informationeven after being prompted. Staff at five of those nine hospitals said patientswho were unable to pay would not receive medical attention. In addition, theinvestigation found that 63% of hospitals had posters about financial assistancein two or more locations, while 22% of hospitals had no signs posted.
Council Speaker Christine Quinn said, "We saw a significant amount ofcompliance, for this early in a law's existence," adding, "But thething about a public health law is that if one person is forgotten, it createsthe real possibility that that one person might not get the lifesavinginformation they need" (
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