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The Line: Carlsbad Hospital’s High Rate of Lawsuits Against Patients

1310 Line Hospital Sues Patients

September 6, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel discuss the abundance of lawsuits filed by Carlsbad Medical Center against its patients – an aggressive practice highlighted by The New York Times. Patients often find themselves in a financial bind due to the difficulty of knowing exactly what their costs will be until the bill comes. Then, they can’t pay and sometimes can’t even set up a payment plan. While the majority of hospitals don’t make it a regular practice to take their patients to court, the Carlsbad Medical Center has filed more than 3,000 suits since 2015. The Line debates whether the state should be stepping in to stem the lawsuit tide.

Line Panelists:
Julie Ann Grimm, editor, Santa Fe Reporter
Dede Feldman, former state senator
H. Diane Snyder, former state senator
Edmund E. Perea, attorney

For Further Reading:
The Hospital Treated These Patients. Then It Sued Them. – The New York Times

Sued Over An $1,800 Hospital Bill – Kaiser Health News

When Hospitals Sue For Unpaid Bills, It Can Be ‘Ruinous’ For Patients – NPR

Oil & Gas Squeezes Hotels In Carlsbad, But Offers Financial Support For Arts


November 2, 2018 – The oil and gas boom in southern New Mexico and West Texas has driven up hotel rates in Carlsbad. At the same time, a housing shortage means more people are turning to hotels for housing and there are fewer rooms available at affordable rates.

But more nights booked up in hotels also means the city is collecting record-high revenues from lodgers taxes.  Some of those dollars are going to support arts and culture activities around town and the revitalization of an old theater. Sarah Gustavus reports on these new developments in part three of our series on housing in Carlsbad.

This series was produced in partnership with the Carlsbad Current Argus. Read their coverage here

Watch part 1 :  The Cost Of Housing Is Rising In Carlsbad Amid Oil Boom

Watch part 2 :  Oil Boom In Carlsbad Squeezes Local Housing Market