We the Patients

Allie Krugman

World Patient Safety Day Highlights Risks of Medication Errors

Guest Post by Chuck Bell, Programs Director, Advocacy, Consumer Reports Saturday, September 17 has been designated as World Patient Safety Day by the World Health organization.  This year’s theme is Medication Safety, to highlight the importance of avoiding errors and mistakes in prescribing, administering and taking prescription drugs. Medication harm accounts for 50% of the …

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They Took My Retirement Funds Over a Medical Bill: Ms. Ellis’ Story

Retired from government work since 1997, Ms. Ellis’ greatest joy is spending time with her daughter and granddaughter in their Queens home. When her retirement funds stopped coming in over an unpaid medical bill she never received – for a procedure she didn’t remember having – her family also became her fiercest advocates. Following a …

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“We Can’t Just Tell Everybody About That” – Sheryl’s Financial Assistance Story

“As someone struggling with medical bills myself, it became my mission to make sure everyone knew about financial assistance.” A patient navigator for ACR Health and helpline volunteer with Community Health Advocates, Sheryl knows firsthand how challenging it can be to access the funds New York hospitals are legally required to provide to low-income patients. …

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Facility Fee for Long COVID Care – Sam’s Story

As COVID-19 continues its spread across the country, a growing number of New Yorkers are experiencing persistent memory loss, nerve damage and other chronic neurological symptoms of long COVID. While much is unknown about long COVID at this stage, one thing is clear: the illness can be devastating to patients’ health, well-being and finances. “Financially, …

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“Fight Back, Don’t Quit, Don’t Give Up”: Mr. Berg’s Story

When Mr. Berg received a notice in the mail informing him he was being sued by Samaritan Hospital in Troy, NY over unpaid medical debt, he and his wife were shocked, then confused. They had been making regular payments to the hospital’s collection agency to cover Mr. Berg’s $5,300 bill for an emergency room visit …

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