July 2022

CSS: Discharged Into Debt - New York’s Nonprofit Hospitals Garnish Patients’ Wages

Contributors: Amanda Dunker; Elisabeth Ryden Benjamin

Issues Areas: Health

This Robin Hood-funded report from CSS investigates the practice of nonprofit hospitals garnishing patients’ wages after suing them for medical debt. A random sample of 1,611 wage garnishment cases from 5 New York hospitals indicates that the indebted patients work in low-wage occupations such as health care and social services, manufacturing, and retail.