Untangling the Historical Threads of Medical Debt

Thursday, February 15, 2024 | 1-2pm ET

Since the 1980s, the medical debt has evolved from obligations negotiated by physicians, patients, and hospitals to assets now bought and sold by people with no involvement in patient care. This evolution has given rise to a multi-billion-dollar medical debt industry, and the buying and selling of medical debt has introduced a layer of complexity and detachment from the traditional healthcare ecosystem.

This conversation will transcend the immediate financial strain that medical debt imposes on families, delving into historical perspectives, examining aggressive debt collection tactics, and exploring medical debt’s impact on the erosion of trust within the healthcare system.


Jackie Judd
A former reporter for ABC News, CBS News, NPR, and PBS NewsHour



Luke Messac, MD, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

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