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November 30, 2012

Lawsuit Accuses Chicago Hospital of Denying Charity Care

Two low-income, uninsured patients have sued Chicago's Swedish Covenant Hospital for allegedly failing to provide charity treatment, writes the Associated Press.

The suit filed Thursday claims the nonprofit medical center in northwest Chicago incorrectly told one patient she was ineligible for subsidized treatment and repeatedly lost another patient's application for financial assistant. In both cases the hospital demanded payment, said Alan Alop, a lawyer for the plaintiffs.

Swedish Covenant reported spending $6.2-million on charity care last year and, according to Mr. Alop, receives about $8-million in annual tax breaks. Hospital officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.