Now I am no fan of debt collectors, based on the stories I hear of their unscrupulous tactics and my own experiences in the past. At any rate, if they have done anything illegal, I hope this collection agency gets nailed big time for its behavior and that others take notice of it.
On the other hand, how does the hospital collect for more expenses involved in a hospital stay from someone who hasn't paid previous bills and is likely to skip any new ones? The hospital and its staff certainly have a right to be paid for their effort, expense and risk in treating people, right? Quite often, as was the case with the collapse of the housing market in recent times, creditors are labelled the bad guys while the folks who have not paid their bills as they agreed to are somehow the victims. This is not to say that, especially with predatory lenders, there isn't some shared blame. So where does the hospital (or any organization with a lot of unpaid debt) stand, in terms of rights? What is fair? This is one issue where there is two sides to the coin. Please feel free to comment.