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Breast Cancer Survivor Jailed Over Accidental $280 Medical Bill

Breast Cancer Survivor Jailed Over Accidental $280 Medical Bill

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  • If you live in certain U.S. states, like Illinois or Colorado, you can be arrested for not paying your bills; more than 5,000 warrants for arrest were issued for debt-related charges since 2010
  • One recent case involved Lisa Lindsay, an Illinois breast cancer survivor who was imprisoned for a $280 medical bill she didn’t actually owe
  • Many people are struggling financially in the United States not because of lavish lifestyles or irresponsible spending, but because of exorbitant medical bills that can become virtually impossible to pay off; medical bills are actually the most common cause of bankruptcy
  • The healthier you are, the less you will need to rely on conventional medical care, and its often-exorbitant costs; also ask questions before agreeing to medical tests, screenings and procedures, as many are unnecessary

By Dr. Mercola

If you think debtor's prison went by the wayside with the Dark Ages, think again. It's not only alive and well in the 21st century, it's very much a part of everyday debt collecting in a country where you'd never expect it: the United States. And if you think it'll never happen to you, you'd better not get sick.

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